Integrating GIS in the K-12 Curriculum
Abstract: The core of educational reform is viewed as strengthening academic achievement. Subjects that are not directly tied to this task are often overlooked, underfunded or dismissed entirely. The benefit of integrating GIS into K-12 classrooms has been researched for a number of years, with most studies having positive results. However, to move GIS into a position of recognition as a viable and worthy educational tool there needs to be indication of academic achievement and interdisciplinary value. This paper discusses the assistance of GIS in learning gains and also identifies the benefits for ESOL and non-White students. As the composition of the U.S. population continues to shift, there is a need to review and accommodate learning styles that will help to reach all students.