Spatial Citizenship (SPACIT) Project

The SPACIT Project

EUROGEO is a partner in the Spatial Citizenship (SPACIT) Comenius Project (2011-2014).

Spatial Citizenship is about ‘learning how to navigate this world in respect to a) the physical world, b) the meanings attached to physical objects and environment c) the power relations involved in the production of meaning’ (Gryl et al., 2010).   

The aims of the project are to:

  • develop and promote the concept of Spatial Citizenship
  • create a competence model for SPACIT in teacher education and training
  • develop a teacher training and professional development course (in the project partner languages)
  • explore further perspective of Spatial Citizenship

SPACIT provides teachers with the relevant education to support active Spatial Citizenship in the classroom through providing the following measures:

  • an up-to-date online reader on the geoinformation society, the technological basics, its social implications and economical effects for individuals,
  • a competence model and curriculum for an increased participation in the geoinformation society through Spatial Citizenship,
  • materials for teachers to actively learn / teach Spatial Citizenship skills and competences to pupils

There are 4 units of SPACIT training:

i) Basic spatial concepts to understand the correlation between absolute conceptions of space as used in geoinformation and social concepts of space as used in the social/political sphere
ii) Spatial thinking to understand and make use of relational concepts of space
iii) GI (geoinformation)-enabled Spatial Citizenship – spatial communication – to be able to communicate and critically reflect on spatial representations (i.e. maps)
iv) GI (geoinformation)-enabled Spatial Citizenship – participation – to be able to actively participate in collective decision making processes.

SPACIT Project Web site

Teacher training courses

SPACIT Teacher Training course in English  – coming soon

SPACIT Teacher Training course in Italian – coming soon

SPACIT Teacher Training course in German – coming soon

SPACIT Teacher Training course in Turkish – coming soon

References

Gryl, I., Jekel, T., Donert, K. (2010). GI and Spatial Citizenship. In T. Jekel, K. Donert, A. Koller (Eds.), Learning with GeoInformation. Berlin: Wichman Verlag

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