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Visualizing the spatial dynamics of student success

Author:
Waktola, Daniel K.
Source:
Applied geography 2015 v.60 pp. 77-83
ISSN:
0143-6228
Subject:
geographic information systems, geography, questionnaires, students, surveys, teachers, California
Abstract:
This study attempt to visualize the spatial patterns of selected academic attributes across college classroom space based on data from a map-embedded smart attendances and GIS visualizations. The academic attributes of 542 participants from Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) in California were analyzed in a GIS platform. The spatial dynamics of student success revealed the distance decay effect on test scores, class participation, and class attendance. The visualization of class performance highlighted the spatial interdependence between seat location and academic attributes, which was validated by 145 sample students' perceived mental maps generated from the accompanying questionnaire survey. The replication of the visualization technique across different class sizes and courses could help educators identify seats for early intervention and micromanagement of classrooms.
Agid:
5407028