ERIC Number: ED040097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Egocentrism and Map Reading Ability.
Towler, John O.
Egocentrism was investigated as an influencing factor in the development of the perceptual abilities needed to understand and interpret topographic maps. Attainment of an adequate concept of space, and the ability to accurately perceive spatial relationships (perspectives) are considered fundamental. Piaget and Inhelder identified three stages of conceptual development (age 4-6, no conceptualization of space; age 6-8, a child is bound by egocentrism, but understanding of spatial relativity has begun; age 7-12, evidences progressive discrimination and coordination of perspectives). The basic objective of this study was to test these generalizations with American elementary children, hypothesizing that there is a sequential pattern to conceptual development, but, that these three stages would occur earlier in today's society. A test was designed to replicate and extend Piaget's. The relationships between perceptual abilities and each of these factors: chronological age, intelligence, socio-economic status, knowledge of left-right relationships were tested and found to be statistically significant. There was a definite negative correlation between the degree of egocentrism and the ability to understand and interpret maps. Overall, Piaget's developmental sequence was substantiated with the stages occurring at only slightly earlier ages. (SBE)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.