GIS in Geography Teaching


  • Margherita Azzari Università  degli Studi di Firenze
  • Paola Zamperlin Università  degli Studi di Firenze
  • Fulvio Landi Laboratory of Applied Geography, Department SAGAS


If it is true that every period of our history is marked by important revolutions which shaped its spirit andnature, today we can claim to live in what has been aptly defined, by a Pennsylvania State Universityproject, as a “Geospatial Revolution”. Understanding the world in which we live, how it has changed andhow the ways in which humans interact with it have changed, how people try to know, interpret andrepresent it, all provide crucial aspects for the planning of curricula, training courses and in the productionof appropriate contents for them.GIS represents an effective tool for teaching the understanding of space and place. GIS finds application invarious 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 ofresearch methods in geography teaching, leading, for example, to the acquisition of the ability to create aconceptual model of reality that can be studied as well as to select the most useful data for this purpose, tointerpret it independently, and to represent it effectively.

Author Biographies

Margherita Azzari, Università  degli Studi di Firenze

Laboratory of Applied Geography, Department SAGAS  

Paola Zamperlin, Università  degli Studi di Firenze

Laboratory of Applied Geography, Department SAGAS


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