Quantitative skills in geography are a vital competency area for both the new GCSE and GCEs in geography. Geographers require skills in the presentation, interpretation, analysis and communication of quantitative data. But quantitative geography is not merely a focus on statistics, instead it’s a broader pallet of skills and competencies that include visualisation and presentation, data handling, GIS / spatial literacy, statistical modelling as well as maths and numeracy.
This course will help participants overcome “maths” fears as well as see the real value of quantitative geography in terms of supporting high quality geography learning.
1.00-2.00pm Arrival, lunch and networking opportunities
2.00-3.45pm An introduction to quantitative skills and quantitative geography. Why there are important and how skills can be integrated into existing SoW. Examples of quantitative skills and activities will be provided that are graphical, cartographic as well as those that involve data handling with (geo)spatial skills.
3.45-4.10pm Refreshment break and networking opportunities
4.10-6.00pm Dealing with higher order mathematical skills. An exploration of the mathematical techniques to deal with the demands of the new GCSEs and GCEs, including inferential and descriptive statistics as well relational and tests of association. Worked examples will be provided that can be used in teaching for a range of learners.
Trainer: David Holmes
A geographer and education consultant with specialist knowledge of fieldwork and assessment within Geography GCSE, AS and A2. An experienced facilitator, both at face-to-face events and online solutions (Adobe Connect). Also a specialist trainer using the latest ArcGIS Online and Collector apps to provide bespoke solutions to a variety of customers. Author of a number of GCSE and A' Level texts as well as curriculum project manager and advisor to schools. David has a particular interest in creativity, technology as well as quantitative skills and how they can be harnessed in a transformative way in schools.