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GIS&T Education and Training Chapter published in UCGIS Body of Knowledge

As many readers of this blog are in the field of education, I am pleased to announce that Dr Diana Stuart Sinton and I have co-authored a chapter for the UCGIS Body of Knowledge on GIS&T Education and Training:


The chapter’s abstract is as follows:  GIS education and training have their roots both in formal educational settings and in professional development.  Methods and approaches for teaching and learning about and with geospatial technologies have evolved in tight connection with the advances in the internet and personal computers.  The adoption and integration of GIS and related geospatial technologies into dozens of academic disciplines has led to a high demand for instruction that is targeted and timely, a combination that is challenging to meet consistently with diverse audiences and in diverse settings. Academic degrees, concentrations, minors, certificates, and numerous other programs abound within formal and informal education.

The sections of the chapter are as follows:

  1. Definitions.
  2. Overview of GIS&T within higher education.
  3. Development of instructional resources.
  4. Geospatial professional development for working professionals.
  5. GIS in schools and professional development for educators.
  6. Research in GIS-supported education.
  7. Near & long-term future.

A Body of Knowledge (BoK) is defined as “a comprehensive inventory of the intellectual content that defines a field” (DiBiase et al., 2007).  For those not aware of this collection, this documents the domain of geographic information science and its associated technologies (GIS&T). By providing this content in a new digital format, UCGIS aims to continue supporting the GIS&T higher education community and its connections with the practitioners.  The wide variety of chapters published in the BoK thus far, under the leadership of good people including Diana Sinton, John Wilson, Ling Bian, and others, can serve as a valuable resource for instruction and also for charting new areas of research in the field.

I look forward to your comments.

–Joseph Kerski


Professor Carl Steinitz discussing design and development scenarios to a class at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, circa 1968. Source: authors.

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