Education pedagogy for spatial science praxis

Young, Frank R. (2005) Education pedagogy for spatial science praxis. In: 2005 Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial Conference: Spatial Intelligence, Innovation and Praxis (SSC2005), 12-16 Sep 2005, Melbourne, Australia.


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In preparedness for work environment policy, technology and professional application challenges, professional
education must enable students to determine learning opportunities that best suit their personal and professional
needs. The diverse needs for professional practice within the geospatial (surveying and mapping) profession have
defined a requirement for new approaches and multiple varied work oriented learning opportunities.
The Spatial Science profession is embracing needed change to reflect specific changes imposed by the current and
perceived future professional practice and social environment (Young, 1994 and Young, 2004). The University of
Southern Queensland has a unique suite of undergraduate study options from which individuals can choose to enter
the spatial science profession. The opportunity to choose on-campus and off-campus delivery modes of study, and to
move freely between these modes and different qualification levels, realises the dilemmas facing emerging and future
professionals and employers. Similar opportunities are also available for higher degrees candidates, other
professionals and continuing professional development.
This paper will concentrate on examining the major criteria and benefits of the new user-defined technical and
professional education Spatial Science programs developed at the University of Southern Queensland. The praxis of
these programs will emphasise a particular effective teaching pedagogy that strongly motivates learning and
inculcates desired problem solving techniques, lateral thinking, teamwork and communication attributes. The paper
will also demonstrate the application of the graduate's professional skills in meeting the challenges in spatial science.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, pedagogy, spatial science, flexible learning
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy

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