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Workshops and National Dissemination of Geographic Analysis in the Social Sciences: the CSISS Experience in the USA

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Geographic tools for the analysis of spatially referenced information now serve the research needs for a broad range of academic disciplines and public purposes. Nonetheless, the diffusion of spatial technologies into the curricula of most disciplines remains limited. This article reviews initiatives of the Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS) to address this problem through a programme of national dissemination in the United States. The experiences of its Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE) programme are probed for guidelines on structuring workshops to serve undergraduate instructors in their efforts to advance spatial thinking in the social sciences.

Keywords: Spatial thinking; geographic analysis; national dissemination; social sciences; workshops

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, USA 2: California NanoSystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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