Use of geographical information systems (GIS) mapping procedures to support educational policy analysis and school site management

James E. Bruno (Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Publication date: 1 December 1996

Abstract

Observes, while most school site management personnel are familiar with the multitude of visual representations of statistical data, via graphs and charts, the value of visual representations of geographical information remains largely unknown in educational management. Explains that geographical information systems (GIS), in addition to determining the exact geographical street address location of a client, can also overlay important SES, thematic information such as demographic characteristics (per capita household income, percentage, minority, etc.), and man‐made, and when natural geographical barriers are combined a powerful visual representation or picture of a client service area emerges. Describes how these visual representations of educational service areas can then be used to support educational policy analysis and school site management. Presents several illustrations of how GIS mapping procedures can be applied to school site management, planning and policy analysis. Draws three illustrations of GIS mapping from the school management areas of co‐ordination of school site outreach services to educational policy areas of ensuring “equity” in access to instructional services. Explores extensions of GIS mapping procedures to other areas in educational policy analysis and school site management.

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Citation

Bruno, J. (1996), "Use of geographical information systems (GIS) mapping procedures to support educational policy analysis and school site management", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 24-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513549610151677

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MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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