Geographic Information System Awareness and Perception among Kuala Muda District Geography Teachers

By Vasugiammai Muniandy and Habibah Hj. Lateh.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper investigates Geographic Information System (GIS) awareness and perception among Kuala Muda district geography teachers. GIS is not integrated in Malaysian schools. This study aims to determine the GIS awareness level among teachers through their past experiences, knowledge, and skills. Information on GIS perception and willingness to integrate GIS were collected and analysed. This paper draws on data gathered from sixty-five geography teachers from Kuala Muda district secondary schools. Questions regarding GIS awareness and GIS perception were self-developed and underwent internal consistency reliability analysis before being used in this study. Binary questions and a four-point scale items were used to determine the GIS awareness among geography teachers’ and five-point scale items were used in determining GIS perception among teachers. The descriptive analysis results show the moderate level of GIS awareness among these teachers. However, GIS perception is encouraging and this forecasts a bright chance of future GIS integration in schools. The relationship between experience, perception, and willingness to integrate GIS are explained in this study.

Keywords: Geographic Information System (GIS), Experience, Perception, Competency, Teaching Geography

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 441.013KB).

Vasugiammai Muniandy

PhD Student, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Vasugiammai Muniandy has been a teacher for the past 18 years. As a geography teacher, her interests include spatial analysis and electronic mapping. Technology integration and GIS has been a part of her research interest for the past decade. After completing her degree in geography and a Master's in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), she decided to further her PhD research in GIS. Other than GIS workshops, she conducts several workshops on Google Maps, Open Street Maps and Google Earth for teachers. QuantumGIS (QGIS), a FOSS and open access GIS software are her current fields of interest. Her study focuses on ‘how to teach with QGIS’.

Habibah Hj. Lateh

Dean, School of Distance Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia