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Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9 - 12 
NSF Funded Project Website.

   
PROJECT TITLE

Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12:  Citizen Mapping, Community Engagement, and Career Preparation in STEM

    
PROGRAM
National Science Foundation,Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)

PROJECT TEAM
Dr. M. Beth Schlemper (PI), Department of Geography and Planning (LLSS);
Dr. Kevin Czajkowski (co-PI), Department of Geography and Planning (LLSS);
Dr. Sujata Shetty (co-PI), Department of Geography and Planning (LLSS);
Dr. Victoria Stewart (co-PI), Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Education) 

YEARS: 2014-2017


TNSF Projecthis project seeks to improve students' spatial thinking and geospatial technology skills through citizen mapping and community engagement. By engaging students in real world issues in the context of their own neighborhoods, they are gaining knowledge and tools for enhancing their communities as well as exposure to the many career possibilities in high growth STEM sectors. This study includes students at an inner city high school in the Toledo Metropolitan Area, a diverse region facing numerous challenges. Using the inquiry method, high school students are participating in summer workshops designed to introduce them to recent advances in geospatial technology, especially in relation to understanding their communities and preparing them for the STEM workforce of the future. Students are guided through the scientific process of synthesis, analysis, and interpretation, and input data they have produced through volunteered geographic information (VGI) into open-source mapping programs to produce maps for civic action that they present to key individuals and organizations in the area.  

NSF Project

The result will be a curricular model that provides an effective and accessible way of introducing geospatial technologies to students through local issues, while providing them with the skills and motivation for pursuing STEM careers that utilize geospatial technology. The primary intellectual merit of this research is to leverage recent technological advances in GIS in combination with the methods of volunteered geographic information (VGI) to introduce high school students to important geographic concepts and powerful technology that will empower them as community members and provide them with marketable skills. This effort is set in the context of place based learning, which suggests that abstract concepts are best understood initially through the lens of local examples and in this project through the analysis of VGI created by the students themselves. This research project sits at the intersection of research in STEM-based geospatial technology and the broader social science concerns of community engagement and citizenship.  

NSF ProjectThrough the integration of content and technology, students are engaging in their communities and civic participation in new and exciting ways. At the local level the workshops are empowering the participating students with the knowledge and tools for enhancing their communities as well as their individual lives by exposing them to the basic technology of a rapidly growing field with substantial employment opportunities. This project also enables students, who are among underrepresented groups in a diverse region with underfunded schools districts, to consider careers in STEM. These interactions will provide senior personnel an opportunity to examine how participants come to learn, understand, make meaning and utilize knowledge and skills to answer authentic questions of larger community significance. The resulting curriculum will provide a roadmap for the use of geospatial technologies in the context of place based learning, VGI, and open-source mapping programs. Through the geographical sciences, an interdisciplinary STEM field, the findings and curriculum can be used in related disciplines in the physical and social sciences to advance knowledge and career preparation in these areas.  

For examples of recent efforts, please visit the Facebook page of Advancing Geospatial Thinking and Technologies in Grades 9-12:  https://www.facebook.com/AdvancingGTT9to12/ 

Recent Publications (* denotes peer-reviewed)

  *Schlemper, M. Beth, Joy K. Adams, and Michael Solem. 2014. Geographers in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations: Skills, Challenges, and Professional Identities. The Professional Geographer, 66(3): 480-492.

  *Monk, Janice, Kenneth Foote, and M. Beth Schlemper. 2012. Graduate Education in US Geography: Students’ Career Aspirations and Faculty Perspectives. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(6): 1432-1449.

  Schlemper, M. Beth. 2012. Geography as a Profession. In 21st Century Geography: A Reference Handbook, ed. Joseph P. Stoltman, Chapter 70, Volume 2, 783-791. Los Angeles: Sage Publications, Inc.
  *Schlemper, M. Beth. 2011. Challenges and Coping in Graduate School. The Geographical Bulletin 52 (2): 67-72.

   *Schlemper, M. Beth, and Janice Monk. 2011. Discourses on “Diversity”: Perspectives from Graduate Programs in Geography in the United States. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35 (1): 23-46.

  *Solem, Michael, Nick Hopwood, and M. Beth Schlemper. 2011. Experiencing Graduate School: A comparative analysis of students in geography programs. The Professional Geographer 63 (1): 1- 17.

  *Solem, Michael, Jenny Lee and Beth Schlemper. 2009. Departmental Climate and Student Experiences in Graduate Geography Programs. Research in Higher Education, 50 (3): 268-292.

  *Schlemper, M. Beth and Antoinette WinklerPrins, Antoinette M. G. 2009. Balancing Professional and Personal Lives. In Aspiring Academics: A Resource Guide for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty, eds. Michael Solem, Janice Monk and Kenneth Foote, Chapter 4, pages 42-51. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.

  *Solem, Michael, Ivan Cheung and M. Beth Schlemper. 2008. Skills in Professional Geography: An Assessment of Workforce Needs and Expectations. The Professional Geographer, 60 (3): 356- 373.

  *Schlemper, M. Beth. 2007. From the Rhenish Prussian Eifel to the Wisconsin Holyland: Immigration, Identity and Acculturation at the Regional Scale. Journal of Historical Geography 33 (2): 377- 402.

  Schlemper, M. Beth. 2006. The Borders of the Holyland of East-Central Wisconsin, Wisconsin Germans Land and Life, eds. Heike Bungert, Cora Lee Kluge and Robert C. Ostergren, 189-205. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

  *Schlemper, M. Beth. 2004. The Regional Construction of Identity and Scale in Wisconsin’s Holyland. Journal of Cultural Geography 22(1): 51-81.


Published book reviews

Schlemper, M. Beth. 2005. Geography and History. Bridging the Divide, by Alan R. Baker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Historical Geography 33: 244-245.

 Other publications

Schlemper, M. Beth. 2013. Introduction to the 2013 Marquee Address. Journal of Cultural Geography 30 (3): 274-275.

Schlemper, M. Beth. 2012. Introduction to the Marquee Address. Journal of Cultural Geography 29 (2): 133-134.

Solem, Michael N., Jenny Lee, and M. Beth Schlemper. 2011. ‘Departmental Climate and Student Experiences in Geography Graduate Programs’: Research for Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 35 (1): 5-9.

Special Virtual Issue: New Directions in Geography, The Professional Geographer, September 12, 2011, Reprint of “Skills in Professional Geography: An Assessment of Workforce Needs and Expectations,” (Solem, Cheung, & Schlemper 2008). “This special issue provides a collection of leading Geographical articles, each relating back to the underlying theme of New Directions in Geography.”

Solem, M., and B. Schlemper. 2007. Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) in Geography: Second Annual Report to the National Science Foundation. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers (Access-- http://www.aag.org/edge/edge_research.cfm).

Richardson, D. and B. Schlemper. 2006. “Disciplinary Data: Critical Needs and Updated Priorities.” AAG Newsletter of the Association of American Geographers 41 (8): 2, 6-7, September (Statistics and Tables Compiled by B. Schlemper).

Solem, M., and B. Schlemper. 2006. Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) in Geography: Annual Report to the National Science Foundation. Washington, DC: Association of American Geographers.

Cheung, I. and B. Schlemper. 2006. Summary Report for Geospatial Industry Online Feedback Responses. (Access – http://www.aag.org/roundtable/Responses/intro.htm)

Schlemper, M. Beth 2003. Building Identity in the Holyland. Max Kade Institute Friends Newsletter 12 (1), Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, Madison, Wisconsin.

 
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