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Analysis of the Spatial Thinking of College Students in Traditional and Web-facilitated Introductory Geography Courses using Aerial Photography and Geo-visualization Technology

Abstract Recent advances in geo-visualization technologies, such as Google Earth, have the potential to enhance spatial thinking. Google Earth is especially suited to teaching landforms and geomorphological processes in traditional, online, or hybrid college classroom settings. The excitement for the technology as a learning tool, however, must be tempered by the need to develop sound and supportive pedagogies. A fundamental gap in the geoscience education literature exists because learning experiences with Google Earth, from the perspective of the student, are not completely understood. This dissertation analyzes three case studies in college introductory physical geography (Chapters 2 and 4) and teacher education (Chapter 3) courses at Arizona... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Palmer, Ronald Evan (Author) / Dorn, Ronald I (Advisor) / Harris, Lauren M (Committee member) / Cerveny, Niccole V (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geography / Pedagogy / Physical geography / Google Earth / Image interpretation / Landforms / Spatial Thinking / Teacher education
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 125 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Geography 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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