Our research was designed to complement and to be used in conjunction with the social science and science curricula of upper elementary school. Focusing on learning and problem-solving within an ecological interest, the goal of the study is to advance students spatial thinking, multi-step causal reasoning, systems thinking, and problem solving skills through the use of Geographic Information Systems as part of an enriched learning environment.
Though the basic features have stayed the same, our curriculum has continuously evolved over the course of our research. You can view more information about the current version of our curriculum materials at our curriculum website. If you have questions regarding the specific versions of the curriculum used in our formal interventions, please contact May Jadallah.
Our learning modules build on a number of underlying concepts which scaffold the gradual development of a number of skills and cognitive processes to ensure students success including: technology skills and spatial and higher-level thinking processes.
A number of materials have been developed for teacher and student use to aid in the implementation of the curriculum. These include:
The curriculum designed by this team will be aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, as well as state and national standards in social studies. Documents detailing the alignment of standards to our curriculum will be available soon.