• GIS Historical Atlas Assignment

    Author(s):
    Patrick Rael
    Editor(s):
    Diana S. Sinton
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    History, Race
    Item Type:
    Course Material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    DPiH, DPiH Mapping, DPih Course Material or learning objects, Practice, Data, Digital pedagogy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/r3yx-5p56
    Abstract:
    Curatorial note from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Students delve into historical census data to produce a small atlas that addresses questions about race and slavery in mid-nineteenth-century America. They produce not only maps but also tables and charts, consistent with the census’s emphasis on quantitative data. Students begin with a question that they wish to answer, comparing variables across different geographies, across time, or exploring possible correlations. This models a good practice for census data: to have a specific question that data will help address. Otherwise, census data can readily become overwhelming in its specificity and abundance. The GIS “codebook” facilitates the use of the “real” data, which is necessarily obtuse and confusing in its authenticity. Rael chose to do extensive out-of-class work to prepare supporting instructional materials so that students focus on the analysis while minimizing time spent grappling with data. This assignment could be adapted for census data from any time period.
    Notes:
    This deposit is part of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities is a peer-reviewed, open-access publication edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris, and Jentery Sayers, and published by the Modern Language Association. https://digitalpedagogy.hcommons.org/.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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