Visuals in Geography Education: A Review

Journal / Conference: Scientia in educatione
Authors: Tomáš Janko, Petr Knecht, Silvie R. Kučerová, Jan D. Bláha
Year: 2018
Number: 2
Category of Publication: Article in Journal
Pages, web: 1–18
Keywords: geography education, didactics of geography, visuals, visualisation
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Abstract: The study seeks to explain how evidence-based knowledge about learning from visual material can be utilized by way of improving the visuals used in geography education. The aim of this narrative review is to find out: a) the theoretical foundations of learning from visuals, b) how to operationalize geographical visuals in a way that would facilitate research on school instruction and inform the production of textbooks and atlases, c) to identify (based on the state of the art) some domain specific recommendations contributing to more understandable and pupil-friendly static visualization of geographical phenomena. The methodology is based on the review of literature related to the domains of cognitive psychology, educational science, and geography education. In the concluding part, it is suggested how the findings of our study may contribute to the improvement of visuals in geography education.
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