A Research Agenda for Geospatial Technologies and Learning

Tom R. Baker, Sarah Battersby, Sarah W. Bednarz, Alec M. Bodzin, Bob Kolvoord, Steven Moore, Diana Sinton, David Uttal

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Abstract: Knowledge around geospatial technologies and learning remains sparse, inconsistent, and overly anecdotal. Studies are needed that are better structured; more systematic and replicable; attentive to progress and findings in the cognate fields of science, technology, engineering, and math education; and coordinated for multidisciplinary approaches. A proposed agenda is designed to frame the next generation of research in this field, organized around four foci: (1) connections between GST and geospatial thinking; (2) learning GST; (3) curriculum and student learning through GST; and (4) educators’ professional development with GST. Recommendations for advancing this agenda are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-130
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2015


  • GIS
  • geospatial thinking
  • instructional activities
  • learning
  • pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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