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Exploring the effects of GIS use on students’ achievement in geography

(2007 – 2014)

This was my doctoral thesis project.

It was supervised by Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund. The second advisor was Prof. Dr. Nir Orion.

This project was supported by the SDW (2008-2009).

The project aimed at providing insights regarding the effects of working with GIS, compared to the effects of working with traditional paper maps, on student achievement of selected aspects of geographic system competency. The main quantitative study used a geography assessment developed specifically for the study and a pre-test-post-test design with control group. Data collection was conducted in 3 German federal states. Data analysis was conducted within the framework of both classic and probabilistic measurement theory.