Spatial Thinking Integration Project in Teacher Preparation
Abstract: Geospatial technologies, which are essential to government, businesses, and individuals are expected to grow at an exponential rate in the next few years. The pandemic has made us even more aware of the value of putting location at the center of all data analyses, which makes spatial thinking and the use of geospatial technologies some of the most important skills needed in today’s world. The National Research Council as well as others have advocated for the integration of spatial thinking in the US educational system from K-12 to college and even into teacher preparation. This article will describe a project implemented in a social studies methods course to illustrate how spatial thinking and geospatial technologies can be practically integrated in a university teacher preparation program.