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Skill in map reading and memory for maps part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K. Gilhooly, M. Wood, P. Kinnear, and C. Green
This paper investigates the applicability of the maxim on expert memory to the case of topographic contour map reading. This study aims to clarify the role of map reading skill in map memory through ...

Selective encoding in the interpretation of topographic maps part of SERC Print Resource Collection
M. Eley
This paper describes two experiments in which experienced adult map readers compared three-dimensional land surface drawings against previously and separately studied contour maps. Results indicate ...

The differential susceptibility of topographic map interpretation to influence from training part of SERC Print Resource Collection
M. Eley
This study appraises the extent to which subjects' implementation of map to landsurface matching is task-determined or influenced by training. Study subjects comprised three groups of 19 early ...

Seeing the big picture: map use and the development of spatial cognition part of SERC Print Resource Collection
D.H. Uttal
This paper considers the relation between the development of spatial cognition and children's use of maps and models. A new theoretical perspective is presented that takes into account the ...

Relationship between Earth-Science Education and Spatial Visualization part of SERC Print Resource Collection
N. Orion, D. Ben-Chaim, Y. Kali

The neuropsychology of 3-D space part of SERC Print Resource Collection
F. H. Previc

The development of spatial cognition: Secondary uses of spatial information part of SERC Print Resource Collection
C. C. Presson

Unlocking the spatial dimension: digital technologies and the future of geoscience fieldwork part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K. J. W. McCaffrey, R. R. Jones, R. E. Holdsworth, R. W. Wilson, P. Clegg, J. Imber, N. Hollman, I. Trinks
Abstract: The development of affordable digital technologies that allow the collection and analysis of georeferenced field data represents one of the most significant changes in field-based ...

Spatial Ability and Earth Science Conceptual Understanding part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Alice A. (Jill) Black
Relatively little research has considered the relationship of spatial abilities with common misconceptions and broader conceptual difficulties in the Earth sciences. This article from the Journal of ...

Water Towers, Pump Houses, and Mountain Streams: Students' Ideas about Watersheds part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Daniel P. Shepardson, Jon Harbor, Bryan Wee
The watershed concept is important in many areas of geology and environmental science, and the purpose of this study was to investigate students' ideas about watersheds and how these ideas ...

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