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The representation of space: Its development in children and in cartography part of SERC Print Resource Collection
R. M. Downs

Using space to describe space: Perspective in speech, sign, and gesture part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Karen Emmorey, B. Tversky, H. Taylor

Geologic Mapping--Where the Rubber Meets the Road part of SERC Print Resource Collection
W. G. Ernst

How language structures space part of SERC Print Resource Collection
L. Talmy

Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Felice C. Frankel, Angela H. DePace
The guide sets out strategies and offers examples to assist researchers - even those with no previous design training - with creating effective visual graphics for use in multiple contexts, including ...

The Microcosmos Curriculum Guide to Exploring Microbial Space part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Douglas Zook
This book, a product of a science education program supported by the National Science Foundation, integrates biology and life sciences through hands-on activities. These activities present microbes ...

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 ...

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 ...


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