by The Orton Family Foundation
ESRI Press, 2003, 196 pp.
This book is designed to bring teams of teachers and their students together with community members to study a problem, a resource, a condition -- any matter of interest and importance to the community. The school work includes gathering and examining existing information, discovering new facts through field investigation, and mapping the resource using GIS/GPS tools. Not only do the students meet and work with community mentors and experts who participate in the classroom and help with the field studies, they also typically hold public forums to gather input on the resource and their work. At the end of the semester or project the students hold a public forum to present their work in a variety of forms including video conferences, speeches and presentations, reading of narratives, display of hand-drawn maps, GIS maps, etc. thus providing a body of research to the community which can be used to address immediate concerns and help plan for the future.