ERIC Number: ED032641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Testing the Effectiveness of Classroom Maps. Final Report.
Miller, Jack W.
This study tested four physical-political map layouts designed for pupils in grades 4-6. The project studied the effect of modifying traditional classroom and textbook maps on performance in map reading. The four map designs tested were the traditional map; a map using a unified legend, more elaborate symbols, and fewer type sizes and styles; a location map using two colors and simpler symbols; and a map using nonstandard and highly contrasting colors, extended grid lines, compass rose, and other innovations. The pupil performance tests indicated that for this class of students, a modification of traditional maps to include the use of a unified legend, a compass rose, prominent lines of latitude and longitude, and no more than three type sizes or styles improves map reading ability. The use of different colors had indeterminate results. The study indicated that the superior map format would be proportionately beneficial to the middle grade student regardless of variables such as socioeconomic standing, I.Q., sex, and learning aptitude. [In Appendix B, Color Photographs of Maps, legibility of print is marginal and maps will not appear in color]. (LN)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN.