Addressing the Challenges of a Quarter Century of Giscience Education: A Flexible Higher Education Curriculum Framework
- Department of Spatial Sciences, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Australia
Keywords: GIS, geographic information science, GIScience, geospatial, higher education, curriculum, education development, higher education challenges, curriculum framework
Abstract. A wide range of geographic information science (GIScience) educational programs currently exist, the oldest now over 25 years. Offerings vary from those specifically focussed on geographic information science, to those that utilise geographic information systems in various applications and disciplines. Over the past two decades, there have been a number of initiatives to design curricula for GIScience, including the NCGIA Core Curriculum, GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developments. The rapid developments in geospatial technology, applications and organisations have added to the challenges that higher educational institutions face in order to ensure that GIScience education is relevant and responsive to the changing needs of students and industry. This paper discusses some of the challenges being faced in higher education in general, and GIScience education in particular, and outlines a flexible higher education curriculum framework for GIScience.