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ERIC Number: EJ972933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
The Ability of Young Korean Children to Use Spatial Representations
Kim, Minsung; Bednarz, Robert; Kim, Jaeyil
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v21 n3 p261-277 2012
The National Research Council emphasizes using tools of representation as an essential element of spatial thinking. However, it is debatable at what age the use of spatial representation for spatial thinking skills should begin. This study investigated whether young Korean children possess the potential to understand map-like representation using aerial photographs; how scale affects children's performance; and whether children show interest in and enjoy working with spatial representations. Three remote sensing images of different scales were employed to examine children's ability to interpret spatial representation. The results indicate that young children have the ability to use spatial representation. Most participants were able to understand aerial photographs. The results also support the assertion that children's performance was influenced by scale. Especially for children whose ability is not fully developed, the scale effect was dramatic. Finally, children reported that they enjoyed activities using spatial representation. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Austria (Vienna); Illinois; South Korea