ERIC Number: EJ1027526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Reading Angles in Maps
Izard, Véronique; O'Donnell, Evan; Spelke, Elizabeth S.
Child Development, v85 n1 p237-249 Jan-Feb 2014
Preschool children can navigate by simple geometric maps of the environment, but the nature of the geometric relations they use in map reading remains unclear. Here, children were tested specifically on their sensitivity to angle. Forty-eight children (age 47:15-53:30 months) were presented with fragments of geometric maps, in which angle sections appeared without any relevant length or distance information. Children were able to read these map fragments and compare two-dimensional to three-dimensional angles. However, this ability appeared both variable and fragile among the youngest children of the sample. These findings suggest that 4-year-old children begin to form an abstract concept of angle that applies both to two-dimensional and three-dimensional displays and that serves to interpret novel spatial symbols.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Maps, Map Skills, Spatial Ability, Geometric Concepts, Abstract Reasoning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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