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Spatial Thinking The AGSSS Team Curriculum Materials Resources Outreach

  Advancing Geospatial Skills in Science and Social Science (AGSSS) connected geospatially skilled graduate and advanced undergraduate Fellows with science and social science Teachers, grades 6-12, in a collaborative two-year cycle to enhance Teacher and Student knowledge and skills in spatial thinking. This project is a partnership among geoscientists and other spatial science faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station (Texas) Independent School District, Navasota ISD, and Educational Service Center VI

Program Plan

  • During the school year Fellows and Teachers collaborated to revise, develop, and implement curriculum projects which featured spatial thinking and the application of geospatial technologies and observational science such as remote sensing and geographical information science (GIS).
  • Fellows participated in biweekly seminars. An Advisory Board meets twice each semester. All AGSSS participants are connected through a listserv and this web site.
  • In Summer 2006 and Summer of 2007 we held a 5-day training for Teachers and Fellows to develop their geospatial technology skills and knowledge of spatial thinking and appropriate research skills to conduct classroom-based teacher-research in order to assess and measure the success of their efforts to promote their students' spatial thinking and mastery of geospatial technologies.
  • Fellows and Teachers conducted research and continue to implement existing and new student learning activities. As Teacher expertise and understanding of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies developed, Year-2 Fellows and Teachers worked collaboratively to select and develop more advanced projects and to expand Year-1 initiatives. In addition, the PI, Fellows, and Teachers designed and implemented classroom-based teacher-research to evaluate the effects of the program and to establish performance assessments.

The program is directed by Dr. Sarah Witham Bednarz.

Co-PI's on the program include:
Dr. Anthony Filippi
Dr. Andrew Klein, and
Dr. Robert S. Bednarz.

 

NSF Logo Sarah Witham Bednarz
Professor of Geography
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Department of Geography
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3147
s-bednarz@tamu.edu