ERIC Number: EJ1025368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Environmental-Scale Map Use in Middle Childhood: Links to Spatial Skills, Strategies, and Gender
Liben, Lynn S.; Myers, Lauren J.; Christensen, Adam E.; Bower, Corinne A.
Child Development, v84 n6 p2047-2063 Nov-Dec 2013
Researchers have shown that young children solve mapping tasks in small spaces, but have rarely tested children's performance in large, unfamiliar environments. In the current research, children (9-10 years; N = 40) explored an unfamiliar campus and marked flags' locations on a map. As hypothesized, better performance was predicted by higher spatial-test scores, greater spontaneous use of map-space coordinating strategies, and participant sex (favoring boys). Data supported some but not all hypotheses about the roles of specific spatial skills for mapping performance. Data patterns were similar on a computer mapping task that displayed environmental-scale videos of walks through a park. Patterns of children's mapping errors suggested both idiosyncratic and common mapping strategies that should be addressed in future research and educational interventions.
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