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ERIC Number: ED086615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 12
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Perspective Ability and Map Conceptualization in Elementary School Children.
Cobb, Russell L.; Stoltman, Joseph P.
This study examines the relationship between development of a child's ability to coordinate perspective and his ability to conceptualize spatial relations on a map. One hundred and four school children from inner city, urban fringe, and suburban schools, grades K-6, were administered a Test of Coordination of Perspectives and a Test of Map Conceptualization. The first employed a three-dimensional model of buildings, trees, and streets with a doll as a movable, outside point of perspective; the second required a child to draw a map of a model village similar to that in the first test. Findings on the Perspectives Test follow those of Piaget and Inhelder, 1963, in which three developmental stages are evident. The Map Conceptualization Test indicates that there are three stages of development with distinct subgroups of progress. Analysis indicates that performance on the two tests was related and that socioeconomic status and race are variables that coordinate significantly with test results. Prior experience and training appear to have effected conceptualization, suggesting the usefulness of curricular sequences based on developmental stages to build map skills. (JH)
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