Understanding of shape and size on small scale atlas maps

Gerber R. (1991) Understanding of shape and size on small scale atlas maps. Cartography, 20 2: 1-17. doi:10.1080/00690805.1991.10438492


Author Gerber R.
Title Understanding of shape and size on small scale atlas maps
Journal name Cartography
ISSN 0069-0805
Publication date 1991
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00690805.1991.10438492
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
Abstract Teachers regularly use small scale maps with their classes in their geography and social studies work to locate places or to conduct more detailed studies. Many of these maps are derived from school atlases. It is assumed that the different sizes and shapes of the continents, regional areas and other areas are understood by the children as they are presented in the atlases. The study reported here was designed to find how well 78 Australian adolescent and pre-adolescent school children were able to identify areas, countries and continents on the basis of their size and shape using twelve maps selected for the study, drawn using different scales and projections. The study showed that most of these students could identify and locate areas, countries and continents on the basis of size or shape. However, when these variables were mixed together with other map design aspects, the students experienced difficulty in the identification tasks.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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