15. An Exploration of Spatial Thinking in Introductory GIS Courses

  1. David J. Unwin2,
  2. Kenneth E. Foote3,
  3. Nicholas J. Tate4 and
  4. David DiBiase5
  1. Injeong Jo,
  2. Andrew Klein,
  3. Robert S. Bednarz and
  4. Sarah W. Bednarz

Published Online: 10 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119950592.ch15

Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education

Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education

How to Cite

Jo, I., Klein, A., Bednarz, R. S. and Bednarz, S. W. (2011) An Exploration of Spatial Thinking in Introductory GIS Courses, in Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education (eds D. J. Unwin, K. E. Foote, N. J. Tate and D. DiBiase), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119950592.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX UK

  2. 3

    Department of Geography, Campus Box 260, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder CO 80309 USA

  3. 4

    Department of Geography, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH UK

  4. 5

    John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, 418 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building, Penn State University, University Park PA 16802 USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843-3147, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470748565

Online ISBN: 9781119950592

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Keywords:

  • spatial thinking, GIS courses;
  • GIS textbooks;
  • GIS, and spatial thinking;
  • problem-solving skills;
  • ‘spatial concepts’, spatial thinking;
  • spatial concepts, cognitive;
  • spatiality;
  • textbook questions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • GIS and spatial thinking

  • Spatiality of questions in GIS textbooks

  • Spatiality in course syllabi

  • Conclusions

  • References