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Education for Map Makers
Since its foundation in 1963 the British Cartographic Society has had the advancement and development of education for prospective map makers as one of its principal objectives. To this end members of the Education Committee have played an active part in the establishment of national schemes for the education and training of cartographers. These have included Ordinary and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, which have subsequently been converted into National Vocational Qualifications (N.V.Q.s) awarded through the Business and Technology Education Council, and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (S.V.Q.s) administered by the Scottish Vocational Education Council. Most recently B.C.S. has been involved in the development of Level 4 N.V.Q. and S.V.Q. schemes in 'Spatial Data Management'.

Calling all educators
Are you involved in Cartographic education? Teacher, Trainer, Training provider, Education developer, Employer or Staff development officer.

The Education Committee is seeking contacts with everyone in the cartographic business who has an interest in training, knowledge and skills development.

The geographic information revolution of the last 10 -15 years has greatly affected, one may even suggest thrown into confusion, the education world and its traditional offerings in terms of academic and vocational training.

This note is an initial attempt to;
* offer individuals or organisations an opportunity to express opinions,
* update knowledge of cartographic education and training in UK and abroad,
* develop contacts - with the profession, with existing and potential teachers of cartography and with affiliated disciplines.

If you have anything to offer the Committee, opinions or suggestions, in the field of cartographic education, please get in touch:
Tim Fearnside
Chair BCS Education Committee,
Geography Department,
University of Wales Swansea,
Singleton Park,
Swansea SA2 8PP

tel: +44 (0) 1792 295142
fax: +44 (0) 1792 295955

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