The influence of travel experience and exposure to cartographic media on the ability of ten-year-old children to draw cognitive maps of the world

Daniela Schmeinck, Allen Thurston*

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Abstract

It is assumed that foreign holidays and previous exposure to cartographic media play a role in the development of children's spatial cognition and map-drawing ability. Few empirical studies to date have focused on the development of these spatial cognitive representations. This study examined the map-drawing abilities of an international sample of 432 ten-year-old children. It examined the nature of the world maps they drew. It explored the extent to which more travel experiences and greater previous exposure to cartographic media were correlated to enhanced ability of children to represent their spatial cognitive structure of the world as a drawn map. Results indicated that both travel experiences (in male students) and exposure to cartographic media (in both female and male students) were positively correlated with effective map drawing. Male children had more previous exposure to cartographic media than female children. This exposure was 60% more correlated to higher map drawing ability for male, than for female students. The paper discusses the implications of findings for the creation of learning environments which support the development of map-drawing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Volume123
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2007

Keywords

  • Cartography
  • Children
  • Cognitive maps
  • Travel experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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