The Interactive-GIS-Tutor (IGIST): an option for GIS teaching in resource-poor South African schools
Fleischmann, Elfrieda Marie-Louise
Van der Westhuizen, Christo P.
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This paper reports findings from a study that examined geographic information system (GIS) knowledge development after the introduction of an Interactive-GIS-Tutor (IGIST) as a multimedia teaching tool. Although GIS has been included in the curriculum over the past decade, the majority of teachers continue to lack formal GIS training, resources, and support. As a potential solution to this problem, the IGIST offers teachers the option of using either a computer connected to a digital projector or a computer laboratory within the same application. Nine classes of grade 11 geography learners (n = 215) were selected and separated into three groups: a projector group (IP), a computer group (IC) and a textbook group (C), which also acted as the control group. After the IGIST intervention, the IP group revealed a statistically significant effect with regard to knowledge development, whereas the IC group demonstrated a significant practical effect. Participant interviews confirmed that the use of IGIST in combination with a digital projector, or within a computer laboratory, is a workable GIS teaching and learning option. Future IGIST development recommendations include providing multi-language options and more video clips with exploratory activities in Quantum GIS. This work provides a foundation upon which to expand dialogue among GIS developers, academia, teachers and the Department of Basic Education on the development of workable GIS teaching options.
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