An Assessment of GIS Education Using Marble’s Pyramid: Case Study in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam




Huynh, Niem Tu

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a teaching tool is well entrenched in the curriculum of higher education in North America and abroad. As such, GIS has become a powerful teaching tool in geography and related classrooms, in developing countries. Despite the acceptance of GIS in higher education in both the developed and developing countries, there is a lack of a systematic methodology to identify benchmarks, to measure, and to assess the success of a burgeoning GIS education. The author proposes an assessment of GIS education and benchmarking scheme by applying Marble’s Pyramid to GIS education at three colleges in Viet Nam’s National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCMC). This paper is organized into three sections with the first providing a background of each college’s implementation of GIS into the curricula. The second part assesses the GIS education at the colleges by measuring each against Marble’s Pyramid. The third section compares results from this study with those in a Canadian report for comparison, and determines the effectiveness of the Marble’s Pyramid as an assessment methodology.



geography, geographic information systems, curriculum, higher education, assessment, Vietnam


Huynh, N.T. (2006). An assessment of GIS education using Marble’s Pyramid: Case study in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Research in Geographic Education, 8, pp. 90-116.


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