Do children know their place? An in investigation into pre-teen and teenage spatial perception and representation

Geraghty, Stephen (2007) Do children know their place? An in investigation into pre-teen and teenage spatial perception and representation. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Cognitive mapping is a mental process that is universally used. Without this process we would end up getting lost far more often than we normally do. However, this process of way finding is often overlooked in everyday life. This study considers how this process develops in pre-teen and teenage groups. Two tests have been constructed to implement this study. The first test investigates spatial perception ability, whereas the second test explores spatial representation. Five hypotheses have been devised to examine the relationship between perception and representation and certain factors. The factors that have been considered include, age, gender, typical mode of transport, educational ability, and the 'social distance' of the individual. These results are compared to findings from previous studies of this nature. From the results, age and educational ability were found to relate to cognitive mapping ability. The study on gender found that females performed better in the representation test than males. The 'social distance' test indicated that there was a 'ceiling effect' regarding this relationship.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/349

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