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ERIC Number: EJ783996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
School Students' Understanding of Choropleth Maps: Evidence from Collaborative Mapmaking Using GIS
Wiegand, Patrick
Journal of Geography, v102 n6 p234-242 Nov 2003
Pairs of students from two age groups made choropleth maps using Arc View. Evidence from their discourse is used to assess aspects of their cartographic understanding as well as the nature of their collaboration. Students from both age groups spent a high percentage of their time talking about cartographic strategy and a low percentage of time on technical aspects of GIS functionality. Older students engaged in more reasoning and questioning. Key areas for teacher intervention include promoting better student understanding of what the mapped data mean (including directionality and numerical characteristics) and the most effective strategies for raising the level of students' conceptual exchange during collaborative learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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