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An exploration of geospatial technology as a mechanism for college students’ scientific and mathematical understanding of the ecological and economic trade-offs of urban planning
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-98-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper presents findings of a study focused on the development of college students understanding of the ecological and economic trade-offs of urban planning modelling in a large undergraduate science class designed for non-science majors. Forty-two students worked as urban planners to create a design for a local vacant parcel of land where they had to consider both the cost and ecological value of their design. Our findings suggest that geospatial computational modelling of urban planning supports students in understanding the importance of ecological impacts, and an understanding of the nature of urban planning, particularly that trade-offs are necessary when developing a plan. It is difficult to design a plan that focuses only on economic development or ecological conservation. Our findings also suggests that such projects are feasible for non-science majors and allows students to engage in and better understand the issues and challenges facing urban planners.

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DeBay, D., Lee, Y., Barnett, M., Haley, J. & Anderson, A. (2012). An exploration of geospatial technology as a mechanism for college students’ scientific and mathematical understanding of the ecological and economic trade-offs of urban planning. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2012--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 1 (pp. 110-117). Montréal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 18, 2019 from .

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