Lowrie, T., Diezmann, C. & Logan, T. (2011). Primary Students' performance on map tasks :The role of context. B Ubuz. 145-152. Czech Republic: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.
This study investigated the longitudinal performance of 583 students on six map items that were represented in various graphic forms. Specifically, this study compared the performance of 7- 9-year-olds (across Grades 2 and 3) from metropolitan and non-metropolitan locations. The results of the study revealed significant performance differences in favour of metropolitan students on two of six map tasks. A second phase of the study analysed the difficulties non- metropolitan students (n=48) had when interpreting these two tasks. Implications include the need for teachers in non-metropolitan locations to ensure that their students do not overly fixate on landmarks represented on maps but rather consider the arrangement of all elements encompassed within the graphic.
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