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Teaching Geographical Information Systems in geography degrees : a critical reassessment of vocationalism.

Whyatt, Duncan and Clark, Gordon and Davies, Gemma (2011) Teaching Geographical Information Systems in geography degrees : a critical reassessment of vocationalism. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (2). pp. 233-244. ISSN 1466-1845

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Abstract

Geographical information systems (GIS) are in tune with the current ethos of higher education because of their perceived vocational value. However, it is particularly difficult to teach GIS vocationally. This paper critiques the claim of vocationalism. The authors use an innovative method of evaluating a module that enlists its alumni to reflect on the career value of their GIS teaching. The survey was analysed to show how, to what extent and for which graduates GIS had been vocationally useful. The paper concludes that GIS is vocational but in variable and complex ways for different students.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 40799
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 13 May 2011 10:13
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 20:46
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/40799

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