A comprehensive and authoritative account of how primary school children and teachers can use maps to enhance learning and deepen understanding of this essential skill. It includes all aspects of map use, such as reading and interpreting maps and using maps to find the way, covering maps of all scales, including globes and atlases. The text is extensively illustrated with examples, including maps made by children themselves using conventional materials as well as computer software.
A particular feature of the book is the integration of digital and conventional mapping, and Internet and CD-ROM cartography together with simple applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) appropriate to the needs of children right through primary and secondary education.
This book will be of great use to all primary teachers and subject teachers in secondary school as well as non-specialist geography teachers, and will enable children to use all types of maps in new, compelling and thoughtful ways.
'[This book] should awaken all readers to the exhilaration that can be generated about the world when teaching and learning with maps is deliberate and sound.' - The Professional Geographer
1. Introduction 2. Cartography and Geo-Information Science 3. How children learn with maps 4. Models, aerial photographs and large scale plans 5. Using maps to find the way 6. Children’s neighbourhood maps 7. Understanding topographic and thematic maps 8. World maps, globes and atlases 9. Planning a map and GIScience curriculum 10. Practical map activities: up to age 7 11. Practical map activities: age 7 to 11 12. Practical map activities: age 11 to 14 13. Making better maps for children 14. Conclusion