Using an Atlas for Enhancing Spatial Cognition and Education: A Case of the National Atlas of Korea for Children and Youth

Authors: Ahran Baek*, Kyung Hee University, Chulsue Hwang, Kyung Hee University
Topics: Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Cartography, Spatial cognition, School atlas.
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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School atlases are the most noticeable maps that children and youth are exposed to. These are traditional educational tools that develop their spatial cognition ability and help spatial knowledge. In most previous cartographic studies, maps have been used to evaluate their spatial thinking in the context of spatial cognition. Even though the evidence is rather limited and cannot be proved definitely on issues such as the development of spatial thinking with small-scale maps, the kind of maps that are more effective for children, and the kind of maps children prefer, they must be key elements with making an atlas. The purpose of this project is to create the national atlas for children and youth considering above key factors. In order to accomplish this, we reproduce the National Atlas of Korea for an adult into a new one for children and youth, because the National Atlas of Korea is well-designed and includes extensive contents.

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