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Why Some Students Have Trouble with Maps and Spatial Representations: An On-line Tutorial for Geoscience Faculty
This is an on-line tutorial aimed at Geoscience faculty who have limited background in pedagogy or learning science and who teach topics in which students must use maps or other spatial representations (e.g. cross-sections, block diagrams). The tutorial extracts key findings from the cognitive science and learning science literature and casts them in a form relevant to geoscience education, using abundant examples and illustrations. Topics covered include: (1) What do cognitive scientists know about spatial abilities in general and how can this information inform geoscience education? (2) What is known from cognitive studies of map use in a real world (field) setting? (3) What is known from cognitive studies of topographic map use? and (4) What is known from cognitive studies of people's comprehension of representations of three dimensional phenomena?
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Report
Subject:
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Structural geology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004 by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-249
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Kim Anne Kastens
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Author: Dr Toru Ishikawa
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University