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The Representation of Europe in Maps with reference to Catling’s Theory of Children’s Worlds: Issues for Geographical Education

Author(s): John HALOCHA

Journal: Review of International Geographical Education Online
ISSN 2146-0353

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 60;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Maps | Europe | pupil understanding | spatial representation

This paper discusses some of the complex issues involved in how Europe is represented in a range of map formats. The reader is encouraged to consider these issues by accessing recommended websites in order to analyse how Europe is represented through their published contents. Simon Catling’s theoretical work on children’s worlds is then used to discuss the implications of European maps and how they may influence children’s geographical knowledge and understanding of their world. By bringing these two ideas together it may be possible to further inform how the concepts of Europe and children’s’ sense of place may improve geographical education.
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