Mapping Your Educational Research: Putting Spatial Concepts into Practice with GIS

Mapping Your Educational Research: Putting Spatial Concepts into Practice with GIS

Recorded on April 6, 2014

Course introduces geographic information systems technology (GIS) as a means to help researchers investigate the spatial context of education. Education has spatial context because schools are located in areas of metropolitan regions and neighborhoods that influence learning and teaching. This course provides a basic overview of GIS concepts, presents unique features of spatial data, demonstrates methods to analyze spatial relationships, and discusses online and desktop solutions for developing maps to analyze data and visualize research results. Course surveys concepts and definitions of census geography, and reviews geodemographic data resources available from federal agencies for use in educational research. Participants will use online and mapping software in hands-on exercises with their laptops to investigate demographic, geographic, educational, and administrative data.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to GIS: Concepts, desktop and online approaches 
  • Tour of desktop GIS using ArcMap software  
  • Demonstration of spatial analysis in educational research  
  • Introduction to geodemographic data concepts and resources that support educational research  
  • GIS Resources

Instructors:

  • Mark Hogrebe, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Doug Geverdt, U.S. Census Bureau

 

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Course No. 110-2014

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Recorded 04/06/2014
Recorded 04/06/2014