The Use of Geospatial Technologies to Increase Students' Spatial Abilities and Knowledge of Certain Atmospheric Science Content

The Use of Geospatial Technologies to Increase Students' Spatial Abilities and Knowledge of Certain Atmospheric Science Content

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The purpose of the study was to use geospatial technologies to improve the spatial abilities and specific atmospheric science content knowledge of students in high schools and junior highs in primarily high-needs schools. These technologies include remote sensing, geographic information systems, and global positioning systems. The program involved training the teachers in the use of the technologies at a five-day institute. Scientists who use the technologies in their research taught the basics of their use and scientific background. Standards-based activities were used to integrate the technologies in the classroom setting. Students were tested before any instruction in the technologies and then tested two other times. They used the technologies in field data collection and used that data in an inquiry-based project. Their projects were presented at a mini-science conference with scientists, teachers, parents, and other students in attendance. Significant differences were noted from pre-test to second post-test in the test in both the spatial abilities and science section. There was a gain in both spatial abilities and in specific atmospheric science content knowledge.Each teacher received the following resources: a Garmin eTrex GPS unit, a Fluke 63 Infrared thermometer for remote sensing, a resource manual with scientific background information on geospatial technologies, field protocols, lesson plans, anbsp;...


Title:The Use of Geospatial Technologies to Increase Students' Spatial Abilities and Knowledge of Certain Atmospheric Science Content
Author: Mikell Lynne Hedley
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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