Next Article in Journal
An Indoor Scene Recognition-Based 3D Registration Mechanism for Real-Time AR-GIS Visualization in Mobile Applications
Previous Article in Journal
Pixel-Wise Classification Method for High Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery Using Deep Neural Networks
Previous Article in Special Issue
Conceptual Design of a Mobile Application for Geography Fieldwork Learning
Article Menu
Issue 3 (March) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(3), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7030111

WebGIS for Geography Education: Towards a GeoCapabilities Approach

UCL Institute of Education, University College London, London WC1H0AL, UK
Received: 11 January 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2018 / Accepted: 12 March 2018 / Published: 15 March 2018
Full-Text   |   PDF [4899 KB, uploaded 16 March 2018]   |  

Abstract

Recent developments in webGIS are transforming how geospatial information can be used in schools. Smart mapping, mobile applications, editable feature services (EFS), and web map services (WMS) are all now more freely available. These have made prior technological, cost and access challenges for teachers largely redundant but are only part of ensuring that geospatial information is used to its full educational potential in geography education. This paper argues that drawing on a GeoCapabilities approach can enhance teacher’s use of webGIS in deepening their students’ abilities to think and reason with geographical knowledge and ideas. To illustrate this line of argument, a geography curriculum artefact constructed in ArcGIS Online is presented and analysed. The discussion identifies a range of specific educational benefits of geography teachers adopting a GeoCapabilities approach to using webGIS including how powerful disciplinary knowledge (PDK) can be constructed. The discussion also identifies a number of significant implications for teacher education of adopting such a methodology. The paper concludes with recommendations for the future use of webGIS in schools and geography teacher education. View Full-Text
Keywords: WebGIS; GeoCapabilities; geospatial information; curriculum making; curriculum artefact; powerful disciplinary knowledge (PDK); geography education; Future 3 curriculum WebGIS; GeoCapabilities; geospatial information; curriculum making; curriculum artefact; powerful disciplinary knowledge (PDK); geography education; Future 3 curriculum
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Fargher, M. WebGIS for Geography Education: Towards a GeoCapabilities Approach. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 111.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. EISSN 2220-9964 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top