This project explores the potential for enhancing students' interest and ability in STEM disciplines by broadening fourth grade students' understanding and interest in the spatial perspectives inherent in geography and other science disciplines. The project tests a set of hypotheses that posit that the use of GIS in the classroom results in a measureable improvement in students' spatial reasoning and motivation.
About Me (Bio):
My research focuses on cognitive sciences of learning and teaching with a special interest in examining the impact of small-group collaborative discussions on children’s cognitive and social development. My current research examines teachers' instructional moves to promote students’ reasoning processes as teachers and students explore and use digital mapping technology to problem-solve real life ecological challenges.