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ERIC Number: ED062238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 22
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Cartographic Symbolism and Very Young Children.
Giffard, E. O.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the alleged special difficulties in teaching very young children how to interpret cartographic symbols. Adults too often reduce or temporarily destroy interest by introducing too many complications too fast. There is a vast difference between acceptance of a fact and understanding of the cause of the fact. In teaching children how to understand maps, teachers often seek to deal with the difficult aspects first, such as the representation of a curved surface on a plane surface, and they seek to press from simple facts to complicated explanations at too fast a pace. Understanding symbols involves simply the ability to associate ideas, a process commenced shortly after birth. Many teachers assume that it is essential to provide pictorial maps if young children are to understand cartographic symbolism. But to use facsimile representations first only prolongs the process. As to the problems connected with the round world and flat maps, the important thing is to convince the child that it works, and how. It is suggested that nine years be accepted as the minimum age at which instruction in contouring be usefully commenced. The most important thing in teaching cartographic symbolism is that children must be brought to understand at each stage of instruction why something is being done in a certain way, and the object of doing it. (Author/JLB)
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