Specialist Meeting

Description

This two-day specialist meeting will include invited plenary presentations by experts on challenges of spatial thinking in different disciplines, cognitive analyses of spatial thinking processes, and current best practices in educating spatial thinking. In smaller breakout sessions, disciplinary experts, cognitive scientists, and college administrators will work together to identify the current state of our understanding of spatial thinking, identify gaps in our knowledge, and identify priorities for both research and practice in educating spatial thinkers at the college level.

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Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum

December 10–11, 2012

Convened by  The Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and The Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center

There is now convincing evidence that spatial abilities are related to both success and participation in STEM disciplines. More generally, there is an increasing recognition of the importance of spatiality as a unifier of academic disciplines, including the social sciences, arts, and humanities, sometimes referred to as a “spatial turn.” But it is also widely acknowledged that spatial thinking is not fostered in our educational system and that current practice depends more on selection of the most able students for spatially demanding disciplines than on fostering the spatial intelligence of all students. This meeting will bring together cognitive scientists, disciplinary experts, and college administrators to examine how to best educate spatial thinking at the college level. An overarching goal will be to prioritize a research agenda to evaluate current approaches to spatial education, fill gaps in our knowledge, and consider how a curriculum in spatial thinking can best be implemented at the college level.

Specific questions to be addressed include:

  • What are best current practices in spatial education at the college level?
  • What is the role of technologies, such as geographic information systems and virtual environment technologies, in developing spatial thinking skills?
  • Can we identify a set of general spatial skills that are relevant to spatial thinking across several disciplines?
  • Are spatial skills best trained in the context of a discipline or in a domain of general knowledge? For example, if a student is taught to imagine cross sections in the context of a geology course, does this skill transfer to imagining sections in engineering or biology?
  • What are the connections between “spatial thinking” courses and curricula organized for disciplines? For example, do all geography or geometry courses naturally or automatically support spatial thinking processes?
  • What are learning outcomes for spatial thinking curricula, and what form should assessment take?
  • What are the administrative challenges and opportunities for implementing spatial thinking courses and programs at the college level?

 

Location

Upham Hotel 1404 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara California 93101 http://uphamhotel.com

Dates

Meeting: Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 Travel days: Sunday, December 9 and Wednesday, December 12

Meeting Details

Agenda

Final Report

Organizing Committee

Mary Hegarty(University of California, Santa Barbara) Michael F. Goodchild (University of California, Santa Barbara) Donald Janelle (University of California, Santa Barbara) Nora Newcombe (Temple University) Thomas F. Shipley (Temple University) Diana Sinton (University of Redlands)

Project Partners

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Meeting Structure

This 2-day specialist meeting is organized by the Center for Spatial Studies (http://spatial.ucsb.edu) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (http://www.spatiallearning.org/). The meeting will include invited plenary presentations by experts on challenges of spatial thinking in different disciplines, cognitive analyses of spatial thinking processes, and current best practices in educating spatial thinking. In smaller breakout sessions, disciplinary experts, cognitive scientists, and college administrators will work together to identify the current state of our understanding of spatial thinking, identify gaps in our knowledge, and identify priorities for both research and practice in educating spatial thinkers at the college level.

Call for Applications

To respond to this announcement, please send a 2-page résumé and a 2-page position paper discussing your interest in these issues to Mary Hegarty (hegarty@spatial.ucsb.edu) by Monday, September 24, 2012. Based on an open call for applications, approximately 30 researchers will be invited to participate. Participants will be selected by the organizing committee and notified by October 12. Subject to approval, partial funding for travel and accommodation costs will be available to invited participants.

Participants

Participants

[PDF Document]  All Bios       [PDF Document]  All Position Papers 


Tom Baker tbaker@esri.com [PDF Document] Bio     [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Education Manager, Industry Solutions ESRI

William Bechtel bill@mechanism.ucsd.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Department of Philosophy
University of California, San Diego

Scott Bell scott.bell@usask.ca [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Department of Geography and Planning Spatial Initiative
University of Saskatchewan

Wesley Bernardini wesley_bernardini@redlands.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Redlands

David Bodenhamer intu100@iupui.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
The Polis Center at Indiana University
Purdue University, Indianapolis

Peter Bol pkbol@fas.harvard.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper  [PDF Document] Presentation
Charles H. Carswell Professor
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University

Laura Carlson lcarlson@nd.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Notre Dame

Beth Casey beth.casey@bc.edu [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Professor Emeritus
School of Education
Boston College

David DiBiase DDiBiase@esri.com [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Director of Education
Industry Solutions Division ESRI

Roger M. Downs rd7@psu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University

Billy Fields wf16@txstate.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Director Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training
Department of Political Science
Texas State University

Eric Fournier ejfourni@samford.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Professor & Chair
Department of Geography
Samford University

Mark Gahegan m.gahegan@auckland.ac.nz [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Director
Centre for eResearch
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Fiona Goodchild fiona@cnsi.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Advisor
Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Goodchild good@geog.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Karl Grossner karlg@stanford.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Academic Computing Services
Stanford University Libraries

Mary Hegarty hegarty@spatial.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Director, Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Stephen Hirtle hirtle@pitt.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Professor, Information Sciences
Joint appointments in Psychology and Intelligent Systems Programs
University of Pittsburgh

Don Janelle janelle@geog.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Krzysztof Janowicz jano@geog.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper  [PDF Document] Presentation
Cognitive and Behavioral Geography, Geographic Information Science
Department of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Kim Kastens kkastens@edc.org [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper  [PDF Document] Presentation
Distinguished Scholar and Principal Scientist
Learning and Teaching Division
Education Development Center (EDC)
Special Research Scientist
Columbia University

Alexander Klippel klippel@psu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
GeoVista Center
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University

Robert Kolvoord kolvoord@jmu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Libraries and Educational Technologies
James Madison University

Werner Kuhn kuhn@uni-muenster.de [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Professor of Geoinformatics
University of Münster

Lynn Liben liben@psu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University

Rich Mayer mayer@psych.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper
University of California, Santa Barbara

Daniel R. Montello montello@geog.ucsb.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Department of Geography and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara

Nora Newcombe newcombe@temple.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
James H. Glackin Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Professor, Department of Psychology
Temple University

David O’Sullivan d.osullivan@auckland.ac.nz [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
School of Environment
University of Auckland

John Pani jrpani@louisville.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Louisville

Sarah Perez-Kriz kriz@sandiego.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Office of Undergraduate Research
University of San Diego

Amy Lynn Shelton ashelton@jhu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Associate Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas F. Shipley tshipley@temple.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Department of Psychology
Temple University

Diana Sinton diana_sinton@redlands.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Spatial Curriculum and Research
University of Redlands

Stephanie Slater stephanie@caperteam.com [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Director, Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research (CAPER)
University of Wyoming

Sheryl A. Sorby sorby.1@osu.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Michigan Technological University
Visiting Professor
The Ohio State University

Michael Stieff mstieff@uic.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    Powerpoint   Presentation
Assistant Professor
Chemistry/Learning Sciences
University of Illinois, Chicago

Julie Sweetkind-Singer sweetkind@stanford.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper 
Assistant Director
Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services
Head Librarian
Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections
Stanford University

David Tulloch dtulloch@crssa.rutgers.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Department of Landscape Architecture
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Associate Director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
Rutgers University

Barbara Tversky btversky@stanford.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Professor of Psychology and Education
Columbia Teachers College

David Uttal duttal@northwestern.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Professor of Psychology and Education
Northwestern University

John Wilson jpwilson@dornsife.usc.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Spatial Sciences Institute
University of Southern California

Kenneth Yanow kyanow@swccd.edu [PDF Document] Bio    [PDF Document] Position Paper    [PDF Document] Presentation
Professor of Geographical Sciences
Co-PI National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (the GeoTech Center)
Southwestern College

Travel

Accommodations

The Spatial Thinking Across the College Curriculum specialist meeting will be held at the Upham Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, December 10 and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms at discounted rates for the meeting. Suggested check in is Sunday, December 9, with a departure on Wednesday, December 12. The meetings themselves will be held at the hotel.

Please do not make your reservations directly with the Upham, but notify Karen Doehner (kdoehner@spatial.ucsb.edu) of your travel dates and lodging needs and she will provide the Upham Hotel with a guest list by November 15. When you arrive at the Upham, reference our room block under “spatial.”

The Upham Hotel 1404 De la Vina Street (corner of Sola Street) Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Travel

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  The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) airport, adjacent to UCSB, is served by the following airlines:

The Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), approximately 8 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara, is most convenient and is served by express airlines codesharing with the above airlines. For more info, see Flysba.com.

From there, we recommend taking the Eos Transportation shuttle – very convenient and less expensive than taxis ($15-18 one-way versus $32-40 for a taxi). There is usually a shuttle waiting at the airport for deplaning passengers, otherwise there is a courtesy phone in the baggage claim area. Also, it’s convenient and a bit less expensive to schedule a round-trip with them. For more info, see Eos Transportation.

Flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about a 2-hour drive southeast of Santa Barbara and is served by most major airlines and rental car companies. As an alternative to renting a car, the Santa Barbara Airbus can take you from LAX to either downtown Santa Barbara or Goleta. They offer discounted rates for round-trips and pre-paid trips. For schedules, fares, and pick-up/drop-off locations, please see SantaBarbaraAirbus.com.

On the northern edge of the greater Los Angeles area, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) is also about 2 hours from Santa Barbara, with airfares usually comparable to LAX fares. See Burbankairport.com for more information.

Santa Barbara is also served by Amtrak, with convenient service from Los Angeles, Burbank Airport, and San Diego. The station is about 1 mile from the hotel.

Santa Barbara weather: In early December nights are cool (5-10 Celsius, 40–50 Fahrenheit) and days are mile (15–20 Celsius, 60–70 Fahrenheit). The Mediterranean climate makes rain possible, but days may also be clear and sunny. For current conditions and forecasts, see the Santa Barbara weather forecast.

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