NCGIA Core Curriculum in Geographic Information Science

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Unit 159 - Curriculum design for GIS

by David J. Unwin, Department of Geography
Birbeck College, University of London, UK

This unit was reviewed by Alan Jenkins, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.

This unit is part of the NCGIA Core Curriculum in Geographic Information Science. These materials may be used for study, research, and education, but please credit the author, David J. Unwin and the project, NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience.  All commercial rights reserved.  Copyright 1997 by David J.Unwin

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Unit 159 - Curriculum design for GIS

1. Introduction

In attempting to design a curriculum, an instructor in GIS can turn to: However, even with the benefits of these resources

2. Curriculum as a system

3. Curriculum design methodologies

3.1) Design through aims and objectives or intended learning outcomes

3.2) Design by subject matter

3.3) Design for power

3.4) Design building on teacher motivations

3.5) Design for resource availability

3.6) Student centered design for individual needs and knowledge.

4. Some dilemmas for GIS curriculum design: GIS and the curriculum

5. Conclusion: What does a good curriculum look like?


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