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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 ...

Students' Misconceptions About the Correspondences Between a Map and the Terrain Represented by the Map part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K. A. Kastens, J. Griffith, L. Liben, and L. Pistolesi
This paper presents the development of a field-based test of map skills requiring students to apply information from a map to the real world and vice versa. Test results show that approximately one ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K.A. Kastens, and T. Ishikawa
This paper discusses the range of spatial thinking skills that geoscientists encounter. The problem of how such thinking occurs and how it might be fostered is addressed in cognitive and learning ...

Students, fieldwork, space and time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
C. King
This paper suggests how to get students to build up an overall perspective of the different rock sequences they see during a field excursion. It outlines a five-prong approach aimed at understanding ...

Research methodologies in science education; visualization and the geosciences part of SERC Print Resource Collection
J. Libarkin, and C. Brick
This article addresses the use of visualizations in geoscience education. It traces the technological advancement of visualizations from static materials to animations and interactive models. It ...

Real world knowledge through real-world maps: A developmental guide for navigating the educational terrain part of SERC Print Resource Collection
L. S. Liben, K. A. Kastens, and L. M. Stevenson
This article discusses the relationship between map-navigational skills and more general representational and spatial skills. It reviews relevant developmental and educational research and highlights ...

Position Location on Topographical Maps: Effects of Task Factors, Training and Strategy part of SERC Print Resource Collection
N. Schofield, and J. Kirby
This study examines task factors, cognitive processes, and individual differences as determinants of performance differences when locating a position on a topographical map from a given position on ...

Earth and Mind: How Geologists Think and Learn about the Earth part of SERC Print Resource Collection
C.A. Manduca, D.W. Mogk
What does it mean to be a geoscientist? What characterizes the expertise that geoscientists bring to understanding the Earth? How do students develop this expertise? This volume brings together ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences: A cross-disciplinary look at the intersection of the two fields part of SERC Print Resource Collection
K.A. Kastens, T. Ishikawa
This paper discusses major tasks that professional geoscientists and geoscience learners tackle, with a focus on the spatial nature of the tasks and underlying cognitive processes. Specific tasks ...


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