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Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum

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Understanding Place is a reference for teachers who wish to deepen student involvement by using GIS technology to analyze, and visualize information. Using interactive maps, students in all disciplines have the opportunity to go beyond words to develop the skills and habits of seeing, thinking, and communicating with information-rich images. When students use GIS and mapping as tools to practice inquiry in their fields, they see more, understand more, and engage in a meaningful way with their subjects. Contributors candidly describe GIS-based teaching, learning, and research across the range of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

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Diana Stuart Sinton is the GIS Program Director for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE), an organization funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to facilitate the effective use of technology at liberal arts colleges. Sinton holds BA, MS, and PhD degrees from Middlebury College and Oregon State University. She has taught landscape ecology, geography, and GIS at the University of Rhode Island and Alfred University. Sinton currently teaches, presents, and writes about the role of GIS in higher education.

Jennifer J. Lund is the faculty technology liason for the social sciences at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she collaborates with faculty to design class sessions and teach students to use GIS for quantitative and spatial reasoning. She earned a Master of Education degree, with a focus on educational technology, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

ISBN: 9781589481497    2007   304 pages   $49.95

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