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Article: A phenomenographical approach to the study of pre-adolescents' use of maps in a wayfinding exercise in a suburban environment

TitleA phenomenographical approach to the study of pre-adolescents' use of maps in a wayfinding exercise in a suburban environment
Authors
Issue Date1994
PublisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jep
Citation
Journal Of Environmental Psychology, 1994, v. 14 n. 4, p. 265-280 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper reports the investigative study, which used a phenomenographical approach, on how a group of 12-year-old students found their way around a designated suburban route by referring to a sequential listing of streets along the route and a street directory map of the suburban area. While the content of this study belongs to map use and wayfinding experience of the pre-adolescent students, the approach used is phenomenographic in that it identified the qualitatively different ways that the students experienced the suburban environment. The students' experiences were interpreted using a behaviourial matrix of their actions while they traversed the route. Qualitative variations in their approaches to wayfinding using maps were obtained from interviews which were conducted immediately after the students completed their route navigation. Four qualitatively different approaches were determined from their reflections of their own wayfinding behaviours. They are the restricted and neophytic approach; careful and sequential approach; deductive and familiarized approach; and the visualized and co-ordinated spatial approach. These approaches reflect the different behaviours and abilities of the students to: plan their route using a street directory map; plan the route street by street or a number of streets at a time; use street signs and other landmarks during the actual task; utilize local knowledge of the route; maintain their orientation; visualize spatial patterns; and use the scale on the map to help planning. © 1994 Academic Press Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175338
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.647
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.072

 

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dc.contributor.authorGerber, Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorKwan, Ten_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T08:58:29Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-26T08:58:29Z-
dc.date.issued1994en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Environmental Psychology, 1994, v. 14 n. 4, p. 265-280en_US
dc.identifier.issn0272-4944en_US
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dc.description.abstractThis paper reports the investigative study, which used a phenomenographical approach, on how a group of 12-year-old students found their way around a designated suburban route by referring to a sequential listing of streets along the route and a street directory map of the suburban area. While the content of this study belongs to map use and wayfinding experience of the pre-adolescent students, the approach used is phenomenographic in that it identified the qualitatively different ways that the students experienced the suburban environment. The students' experiences were interpreted using a behaviourial matrix of their actions while they traversed the route. Qualitative variations in their approaches to wayfinding using maps were obtained from interviews which were conducted immediately after the students completed their route navigation. Four qualitatively different approaches were determined from their reflections of their own wayfinding behaviours. They are the restricted and neophytic approach; careful and sequential approach; deductive and familiarized approach; and the visualized and co-ordinated spatial approach. These approaches reflect the different behaviours and abilities of the students to: plan their route using a street directory map; plan the route street by street or a number of streets at a time; use street signs and other landmarks during the actual task; utilize local knowledge of the route; maintain their orientation; visualize spatial patterns; and use the scale on the map to help planning. © 1994 Academic Press Ltd.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAcademic Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jepen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Environmental Psychologyen_US
dc.titleA phenomenographical approach to the study of pre-adolescents' use of maps in a wayfinding exercise in a suburban environmenten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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