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Third International Symposium on GIS and Higher Education


This document contains a record of GISHE '97 (held in Chantilly, Virginia), including the final program, abstracts, and presentations, plus summaries of the working groups and final plenary discussions.

The GISHE '97 theme was "Building foundations for expanding GIS education locally and globally". The symposium focused on strategic issues in GIS higher education, including: expanding partnerships between educators, private organizations and government agencies; identifying GIS employment needs and linking these to educational opportunities; building capacity in developing countries in support of GIS education and training; enlarging networks for sharing ideas about instructional methods, materials and laboratory facilities; improving GIS education for teachers teaching and learning through the Internet; enhancing GIS professional education options; identifying the key spatial concepts which should form the basis of GIS education; and articulation of courses and programs spanning the range of GIS education options.

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