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The need for a learning line for spatial thinking using GIS in education

Luc Zwartjes (UGent)
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Spatial thinking in education should be a fixed value in addition to other such as linguistic and mathematical thinking. It is part of the everyday life. As research showed one of the best tools to introduce spatial thinking in education is geography. It offers al the tools for the three components of geography: skills, subject matter and perspectives. But nevertheless the introduction and use of GIS in education is not a success. Researchers have described many reasons, among others the lack of education standards on the use of GIS in the curriculum. Therefore the Digital Earth project creates a benchmark with learning outcomes through the educational curriculum. To make it practical a learning line – including an increasing level of complexity – in using GIS should be developed.
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GIS, spatial thinking, education, learning outcomes, competences, skills

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Zwartjes, Luc. 2014. “The Need for a Learning Line for Spatial Thinking Using GIS in Education.” In Innovative Learning Geography in Europe : New Challenges for the 21st Century, ed. Rafael De Miguel Gonzalez and Karl Donert, 39–63. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
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Zwartjes, L. (2014). The need for a learning line for spatial thinking using GIS in education. In R. De Miguel Gonzalez & K. Donert (Eds.), Innovative learning geography in Europe : new challenges for the 21st century (pp. 39–63). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
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Zwartjes L. The need for a learning line for spatial thinking using GIS in education. In: De Miguel Gonzalez R, Donert K, editors. Innovative learning geography in Europe : new challenges for the 21st century. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars; 2014. p. 39–63.
MLA
Zwartjes, Luc. “The Need for a Learning Line for Spatial Thinking Using GIS in Education.” Innovative Learning Geography in Europe : New Challenges for the 21st Century. Ed. Rafael De Miguel Gonzalez & Karl Donert. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. 39–63. Print.
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But nevertheless the introduction and use of GIS in education is not a success. Researchers have described many reasons, among others the lack of education standards on the use of GIS in the curriculum. Therefore the Digital Earth project creates a benchmark with learning outcomes through the educational curriculum. To make it practical a learning line -- including an increasing level of complexity -- in using GIS should be developed.},
  author       = {Zwartjes, Luc},
  booktitle    = {Innovative learning geography in Europe : new challenges for the 21st century},
  editor       = {De Miguel Gonzalez, Rafael and Donert, Karl},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {39--63},
  publisher    = {Cambridge Scholars},
  title        = {The need for a learning line for spatial thinking using GIS in education},
  year         = {2014},
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