torsdag den 24. juli 2008

Spatial “Habits of Mind” In Practice, Part III: A Day in the Life of A Spatial Thinker

I tidligere indlæg refererede jeg hvorledes vi tænker spatialt. Her er fortsættelsen.

In previous posts I referred to how we think spatially. Here is the next bit.


We are considering how spatial habits of mind might manifest themselves in 15 different ways in a typical day in the life of a spatial thinker.

[7] As you check in with your airline’s ticket kiosk and agent, you marvel at the hundreds of tasks and processes, ranging in scale from the geocoding of your itinerary to your destination, to the handling and routing of your baggage, to the delivery of fuel and aircraft to the correct locations, that need to occur at the right place and time in order for your flight to take place with the correct pilots, crew, passengers, and baggage. What pattern would your airplane’s GPS track over the past week show?

[8] After you proceed through security, you navigate to your concourse from the visual clues provided to your correct gate. Who made the decisions about directional signage at the airport? How useful are these navigational clues here versus at other airports? How international are these clues? [9] You pass a café. Like most eateries at an airport, this café is a part of a national chain. As you stop to look at the menu, you notice that it lists chain’s other locations. You hypothesize about the location of the chain’s headquarters based on the spatial pattern of the franchises. [10] Continuing on, you pass different shops, thinking about the decisions made at shops’ corporate headquarters in terms of what items to stock in different areas of the country. Where is the geographic dividing line, for example, between where sweet tea is served versus plain tea? What line divides where earmuffs are sold from where swimsuits are sold? Do these lines vary depending on the season?

[11] As you queue up with the other passengers, you speculate as to the geographic patterns represented by the places the other passengers live and their final destinations, and how those patterns are shaped by the flight’s departure and arrival cities.

- Joseph Kerski, ESRI Education Manager

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