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Differences in Thematic Map Reading by Students and Their Geography Teacher

Department of Geoinformatics, Palacký University Olomouc, 17. listopadu 12, 77900 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(9), 492; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090492
Received: 29 June 2020 / Revised: 10 August 2020 / Accepted: 18 August 2020 / Published: 19 August 2020
A school world atlas is likely the first systematic cartographic product which students encounter in their lives. However, only a few empirical studies have analysed school atlases in the context of map reading and learning geographical curricula. The present paper describes an eye-tracking study conducted on 30 grammar school students and their geography teacher. The study explored ten tasks using thematic world maps contained in the Czech school world atlas. Three research questions were posed: (i) Are students able to learn using these particular types of maps? (ii) Have the cartographic visualization methods in the school atlas been adequately selected? (iii) Does the teacher read the maps in the same manner as students? The results proved that the students were sufficiently able to learn using thematic maps. The average correctness of their answers exceeded 70%. However, the results highlighted several types of cartographic visualization methods which students found difficult to read. Most of the difficulties arose from map symbols being poorly legible. The most problematic task was estimating the value of the phenomenon from the symbol size legend. Finally, the difference between the students’ and teacher’s manner of reading maps in each task was analysed qualitatively and then quantitatively by applying two different scanpath comparison methods. The study revealed that the geography teacher applied a different method than her students. She avoided looking at the map legend and solved the task using her knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: thematic maps; map reading; school atlas; eye-tracking; scanpath comparison; geography education thematic maps; map reading; school atlas; eye-tracking; scanpath comparison; geography education
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Beitlova, M.; Popelka, S.; Vozenilek, V. Differences in Thematic Map Reading by Students and Their Geography Teacher. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 492. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090492

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Beitlova M, Popelka S, Vozenilek V. Differences in Thematic Map Reading by Students and Their Geography Teacher. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(9):492. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090492

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Beitlova, Marketa, Stanislav Popelka, and Vit Vozenilek. 2020. "Differences in Thematic Map Reading by Students and Their Geography Teacher" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 9: 492. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9090492

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