Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

393

Date

2011

Date of Award

7-27-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Earth Sciences

Concentration

Geography

Committee Chair

Gregory Taff

Committee Member

Esra Ozdenerol

Committee Member

Arleen Hill

Abstract

Utilization of Public Participation with Geographic Information Sciences is a method intended to document the locations and spread of poisonous, invasive Giant Hogweed in Latvia. To reach students in an international setting, a website and tutorials trained participants about the characteristics and dangers of the plant, GPS concepts, and the data collection process. To ensure safe and accurate data collection, students were tested on their mastery of educational materials, evaluated on their ability to collect data in the field, and were questioned about their experience with the project. The results determined that students who take the online tutorial become better research partners, while also exploring issues with the educational and instructional components and overall flow of the project.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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