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Continuity markers as an aid for children in finding the peripheral continuity of world maps
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3942-0427
(English)In: Cartography and Geographic Information Science, ISSN 1523-0406, E-ISSN 1545-0465Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Many map readers, including both children and adults, find it difficult to determine where they would be located along the edge of a world map after crossing that edge. Different types of markers have long been drawn close to the map’s edge – for example, in an atlas – to help map readers identify the map upon which they will find themselves if that edge is passed. In this study, a method similar to that used to show the continuity between maps in an atlas has been tested to determine whether continuity markers can also be used to help map readers find a world map’s actual peripheral continuity. The study involved children between the ages of 10 and 13 years and showed that continuity markers do help children determine the map’s actual peripheral continuity, in combination with a lesson that describes how to find the actual peripheral continuity of a world map. This article, therefore, concludes that continuity markers for world maps can be a useful part of map design that clarifies how the edges of a world map fit together for children who have learned to use this tool.

Keyword [en]
Cartography, map design, map projections, peripheral continuity, world maps
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Human Geography
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Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123707DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2015.1109478OAI: diva2:876106
Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-12-02 Last updated: 2016-09-28

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