Perspectives of gis education in high schools: An evaluation of umgungundlovu district, kwazulu-natal, South Africa

Felicity Aphiwe Mkhongi, Walter Musakwa

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) education in South Africa and elsewhere has been envisioned to be a strategy that can contribute to new ways of teaching, learning and understanding. However, very few studies have assessed how GIS is taught in South African high schools. Consequently, this study aims to analyze GIS education dynamics and perspectives in uMgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. A survey with both open and close-ended questions was conducted with geography educators and geography students. Questions focused on GIS content, how the content is taught, challenges in GIS education, educators’ GIS proficiency and GIS education perspectives. The sample was guided by purposive sampling that intentionally selected schools with the desired qualities. From the results, it was evident that GIS is progressively taught in secondary schools. However, the full potential of GIS education has been restricted by challenges such as inadequate resources and limited exposure of students to GIS’s practical uses. Subsequently, the study recommends that GIS education in South African schools should be accompanied by appropriate hardware, software and opportunities for exposing students and educators to practical methods of teaching and learning GIS. Furthermore, educators should also be trained to be able to adequately equip students with GIS skills and knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131
JournalEducation Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Educators
  • GIS education
  • Geography
  • High schools
  • South Africa
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Administration


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