GTEST – Research

The research component of the GTEST project has two foci. One focus is on GTEST participating students’ spatial thinking ability, the other is on their geo-technology career interests. By providing geo-technology experiences to students in grades 7-12, the research objective is to understand students’ current spatial thinking ability, and explore whether the experiences can facilitate students’ development of spatial thinking, as well as motivate students to pursue geo-technology careers. Accordingly, the research questions for GTEST project are:

  1. What is grades 8 through 10 students’ spatial thinking ability? How is it different from grade to grade?
  2. In what way does spatial thinking ability relate to interests relating to STEM? And how does this differ from grade to grade?
  3. Does integrating GIS into grades 8 through 10 social studies and science curriculum facilitate students’ development of spatial thinking, as well as interest and self-efficacy in STEM?
  4. Do GIS after-school science clubs facilitate students’ development of spatial thinking, as well as interest and self-efficacy in STEM?
  5. What factors facilitate or hinder grades 8 through 10 students’ development of spatial thinking and career interests relating to geo-technology?

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