ERIC Number: ED240039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Two Comparative Studies of Student Views of the World.
Bosowski, Elaine F.
Two studies examining student images of the world as depicted on sketch maps are compared. The first study collected sketch maps of the world drawn by high school and university students in the United States, Canada, Finland, and Sierra Leone to examine the influence of location on student perceptions. The second study collected maps drawn by students in grades K-12 in a variety of locations in order to evaluate the age at which students form cognitive maps of the world. While the perspectives of these two studies differed somewhat, many of their findings were similar. The studies indicated that students' images of the world--that is, their knowledge of country names; and their perceptions of country size, shapes, and locations--are influenced by the proximity of places to a student's home, current events, and a variety of cultural factors. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers (Upper Montclair, NJ, October, 1982).