Title page for ETD etd-02162010-020224
|Type of Document
||Hines, David T.
||Computerized simulations for geography instruction :sense of place
||Master of Science
|Shaffer, Clifford A.
|Carstensen, Laurence William Jr.
|Rosson, Mary Beth
|Date of Defense
Sense of Place is a Project GeoSim educational software module focusing on U.S.
states and counties. A comprehensive statistical database is combined with a set of simple
visualization techniques to allow geography students to gain an understanding of the characteristics
of states and counties. Students can examine data for anyone of the statistical
variables in the database. In addition, students can create me tries consisting of target values
for several variables, and rate counties or states by how closely their data match the
targets. Symbolic mapping is used to illustrate spatial characteristics of a state or county,
such as its size, shape, and location, as well as regional patterns among different states
and counties. Graphing is used to illustrate basic concepts of data distributions and to
depict the distributions of specific variables. A spreadsheet is used to view the multivariate
data sets created by user metrics. These visualization techniques and the graphical user
interface tools required to control them are incorporated into interchangeable "views". This
approach allows additional views to be added to Sense of Place in the future.
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