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An Investigation into Educators’ Rraining in Geographic Information Systems

Scott Sanders and Thea Schoeman
Geography, Environmental Management & Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract—An investigation is undertaken into the training of educators in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within a South African context. Educators not being familiar with GIS requires development platforms to be created. One such platform is the short learning programme (SLP) hosted by the University of Johannesburg, which is used as a point of focus for this study. It was found that barriers experienced by educators in the implementation of GIS within their classes are similar to those experienced in countries such as Japan and Taiwan. Teachers lack the skills and knowledge in GIS and respondents identified this as the main reason for attending the SLP. The effectiveness and shortcomings of the SLP is also investigated in order to incorporated this feedback into future training of teachers. This paper contributes towards the development of the training of geography educators in South Africa. 
Index Terms—GIS, geography, educators, teacher training, Gauteng, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Cite: Scott Sanders and Thea Schoeman, "An Investigation into Educators’ Rraining in Geographic Information Systems," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 58-63, March 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.4.1.58-63