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ERIC Number: EJ894956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Mapping the Journey from Home to School: A Study on Children's Representation of Space
Thommen, Evelyne; Avelar, Silvania; Sapin, Veronique Zbinden; Perrenoud, Silvia; Malatesta, Dominique
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v19 n3 p191-205 Aug 2010
This paper describes a study conducted with 235 children from Brazil and Switzerland. The children, from 5 to 13 years of age, were asked to draw the journey they undertake every day from home to school. The purpose of the study is to understand the relationship between the cognitive development and map-drawing abilities of children in both countries. The maps were analyzed qualitatively by focusing on elements of space representation such as paths and landmarks. The analysis shows that younger children can draw simple topological maps and then move on to egocentric landmarks. Older children can identify and draw more streets and buildings and move on to decentered maps. Country differences are mostly related to local geographic and social particularities. No gender differences were found. Results are discussed in relation to the underlying process in developmental abilities of children. (Contains 1 note, 1 table, and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Switzerland