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Childhood Spatial and Environmental Learning

  • By: Scott Bell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Understanding the spatial and environmental learning of children is a critical task for geography as well as several subdisciplines of geography. This entry presents some of the important developmental issues related to the spatial cognition and environmental learning of children and examines some of the implications for pedagogy.

Challenges in Teaching Young Children

Young children who are just starting school can have a difficult time with multidimensional information. Children of this age have shown some difficulty with cartographic-scale spaces (extensive spaces such as large regions, nations, continents, and the world) as well as with making transitional judgments between large- and small-scale spaces. Young children have shown limits in their ability to process and store information, an issue that must be considered when developing appropriate activities in any ...

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