Survey analysis: Facilitating teacher conceptualization of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies in career and technical education courses

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Title: Survey analysis: Facilitating teacher conceptualization of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies in career and technical education courses
Author: Carpenter, Penny
Abstract: Career and Technical Education (CTE ) programs offer courses that build career skills to ensure a qualified workforce . Integrating the use of geospatial technology tools such as GIS , GPS , and remote sensing promotes critical thinking and technical skills desired by industry . This study developed , pilot -tested , and submitted a survey to a sample of CTE teachers to identify the cognitive and behavioral constructs necessary to conceptualize spatial thinking and geospatial tool use in CTE courses . Data was collected about CTE teacher’s spatial ability , geospatial self -perception , geospatial tool teaching self -efficacy , general teaching self -efficacy , and spatial thinking characteristics . Additionally , the Geospatial Technology Integration Survey (GTIS ) , items within the survey , presented spatial thinking concepts using geospatial tool examples . The GTIS items were evaluated for correctness to produce a GTIS score . Five predictor variables were regressed to the GTIS score for teachers who had prior geospatial tool knowledge (n = 34 ) and those who did not (n = 97 ) . The regression model for CTE teachers who had prior knowledge of geospatial tools had an adjusted R2 of .182 , and was not statistically significant . The regression model for CTE teachers who had no prior knowledge of geospatial tools had an adjusted R2 of .216 , and was statistically significant , (p < .05 ) . The strongest predictor variables were spatial ability and general teaching self -efficacy . Additionally , teaching strategies that promote inquiry -based learning correlate to the change in pre -post GTIS scores (p < .05 ) . CTE teachers were better able to conceptualize the use of geospatial tools after exposure to the GTIS .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /45253
Date: 2012-05

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Survey analysis: Facilitating teacher conceptualization of spatial thinking and geospatial technologies in career and technical education courses. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /45253 .

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