GIS in Geography Teaching

Margherita Azzari, Paola Zamperlin, Fulvio Landi


If it is true that every period of our history is marked by important revolutions which shaped its spirit and
nature, today we can claim to live in what has been aptly defined, by a Pennsylvania State University
project, as a “Geospatial Revolution”. Understanding the world in which we live, how it has changed and
how the ways in which humans interact with it have changed, how people try to know, interpret and
represent it, all provide crucial aspects for the planning of curricula, training courses and in the production
of appropriate contents for them.
GIS represents an effective tool for teaching the understanding of space and place. GIS finds application in
various fields from natural science and geology to sociology and anthropology, from political sciences,
economics and urban studies to archaeology and history. The use of this tool enables the introduction of
research methods in geography teaching, leading, for example, to the acquisition of the ability to create a
conceptual model of reality that can be studied as well as to select the most useful data for this purpose, to
interpret it independently, and to represent it effectively.


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