Gryl, Inga; Jekel, Thomas:

Re-centering GI in secondary education: Towards a spatial citizenship approach

In: Cartographica : the international journal for geographic information and geovisualization, Jg. 47 (2012) ; Nr. 1, S. 18-28
ISSN: 1911-9925, 0317-7173, 0008-3127
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Geowissenschaften
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften » Institut für Geografie
This article explores starting points for spatial citizenship education and discusses fields of competence needed for active spatial citizenship. The use of geoinformation (GI) systems at the secondary-school level has been considered mainly as preparation to join the geospatial workforce and as a support tool to encourage spatial thinking. While this approach definitely has benefits in arguing for a wider set of competencies acquired by GI-based learning, it has frequently been linked to instrumental knowledge, and misses out on the societal consequences of GI use. The concept of spatial citizenship attempts to address these shortcomings. Originating from the individual and collective appropriation of social space, it supports learners in acquiring competencies that will enable them to participate more actively in society through the critical use of GI. Spatial citizenship adds an explicitly spatial domain to citizenship education.