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Analysing Heritage Landscapes with Historical GIS: contributions from problem-based inquiry and constructivist pedagogy

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Abstract:

This article examines a practical classroom experience using GIS technologies to analyse aspects of a local heritage landscape. An inventory of historic buildings comprising architectural and construction details was revised in the field and then analysed using GIS software. Elements of the geographies of these buildings were displayed using thematic mapping and students used these maps to develop explanatory hypotheses and to suggest policy options for future management of the heritage landscape. Practically, the project demonstrated the contribution GIS can make to historical geography methods, engaged students in an externally supported research partnership working with real-world data, and suggested directions for local public policy formation. Pedagogically, the project demonstrated that historical GIS can be used effectively to shape problem-based inquiry and constructivist learning.

Keywords: CONSTRUCTIVIST PEDAGOGY; HERITAGE BUILDINGS; HISTORICAL GIS; STUDENT RESEARCH

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03098260020026624

Publication date: 2001-03-01

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