SPACIT – Spatial Citizenship

Geo-media (i.e. spatially enabled mobile devices, online mapping tools, volunteered geographic information) have become easily accessible in everyday life. We therefore need to be aware of both the opportunities as well as impacts and challenges of using geo-media in society.

pin_deepblue2_SPACITThis emerging geoinformation society warrants the development of new capabilities if people are to successfully participate as responsible “spatial citizens”.

A spatial citizen should be able to interpret and critically reflect on spatial information, communicate with the assistance of maps and other spatial representations, and express location-specific opinions using geo-media. These capabilities need to be addressed at secondary school level. SPACIT provides the relevant teacher training activities.

The SPACIT project

  • analyses dimensions of the geo-information society,
  • develops both a competence model and curriculum for in service teacher training to enable students to successfully participate in the geo-information society
  • conducts and disseminates teacher training courses based on this work.

SPACIT has been developed in order to respond to the needs of the rapidly changing world  and ever more diverse societies. The project is positioned within Comenius Priority 2: the development of approaches to teaching and learning.

Spatial thinking connected with the use of ICT technologies and geoinformation in secondary education is an essential lifelong learning skill for Europe2020 citizens. In accordance to this SPACIT provides a system of in-service and initial teacher education that uses the potential of information technology critically to enhance citizenship education in and beyond the classroom. The products enable teacher trainers to integrate public, private and European offers in geoinformation with education for active citizenship.

  • SPACIT addresses the lack of a systematic education development such a systematic approach allows both teachers, students, policy makers and curriculum developers to make a critical and reflexive use of spatial data/information.
  • SPACIT introduces a competence model and curriculum for secondary education. It goes beyond the technical competences and highlights the competences associated with representation, communication and participation of young people in society.
  • SPACIT promotes (geo)communication skills to be targeted in the secondary education curriculum
  • SPACIT provides an interdisciplinary approach connecting social sciences, civics education, geoinformatics, didactics and teacher training and deals with mainstream technology, relevant and essential for teacher education
  • The impact of the project will be sustained through a wide variety of seminars for teacher trainers during and beyond the life time of the project, explaining and offering the support of the free online learning environments (ready-to-use materials and online manual)

Coordinator: Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg (Austria)
Contact: Ms Nicole Ferber

Funding programme: LLP-Comenius