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Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE)—Final Report


Spatial Perspectives on Analysis for Curriculum Enhancement (SPACE) was funded under the national disseminationtrack of the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program. The objective of SPACE was to initiate systemic change in undergraduate education for the social sciences by focusing on the value of spatial thinking and associated technologies—geographic informationsystems (GIS) and tools for spatial analysis. The primary activities for achieving SPACE goals were eleven week-long residential workshops to provide undergraduate instructors with basic skills in GIS and spatial analysis, and to introduce them to the latest techniques,software, and learning resources. This report describes these workshops and the outcomes for enhancing undergraduate social science education through spatial analysis.

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