Promoting Spatially Based Scientific Reasoning with Geographic Information Systems

Monday, 16 February 2015: 9:45 AM-11:15 AM
Room LL21F (San Jose Convention Center)
David H. Uttal, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
I will discuss a partnership between a cognitive scientist and an environmental scientist that facilitates high-school studentsí reasoning about complex real-world scientific and engineering problems through the use of computer-based layered maps. The program has enhanced studentsí learning at a variety of levels, from basic spatial reasoning to solving complex problems involving the coordination of numerous variables, such as those involved in climate change.