ERIC Number: EJ825548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Understanding Maps: Is the Purple Country on the Map "Really" Purple?
Liben, Lynn S.
Knowledge Quest, v36 n4 p20-30 Mar-Apr 2008
Children's cognitive skills change substantially from the time they enter school at about the age of five to when they graduate from high school a dozen years later. Some changes can be attributed to the school curriculum, but others are part of children's developmental evolution as they mature and interact with the world. Rather than reviewing all arenas of normal cognitive development or all major theories proposed to account for this progress, the author focuses here on the developmental arenas that are most relevant to maps. In this article, the author describes her research on the cognitive development of young children, specifically in areas that affect their understanding of maps, then suggests teaching strategies for everybody. (Contains 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Maps, Young Children, Cognitive Development, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Age Groups, Child Development, Cartography, Map Skills, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability, Concept Mapping, Geography
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site: http://www.ala.org/aasl/kqweb
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A