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Natural Mapping

James M. Blaut
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Vol. 16, No. 1 (1991), pp. 55-74
DOI: 10.2307/622906
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/622906
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Abstract

This essay describes a theory of mapping behaviour and proposes a number of concrete techniques, grounded in this theory, to improve the way we teach young children about mapping and geography. Mapping behaviour is carried out by all human beings of all ages in all cultures; it is a natural ability, related to the language acquisition ability. If we teach formal map skills and geography to elementary school and preschool children in ways that develop their own natural mapping behaviour, we will significantly improve children's learning of these and cognate subjects.

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