Geografie 2014, 119, 406-422

Map skills: definition and research

Martin Hanus, Miroslav Marada

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

Received September 2013
Accepted June 2014

Although the acquisition of map skills is one of the primary objectives of geographic education, sufficient attention is yet to been paid to this topic in the Czech academic community. This lack of attention causes not only discrepancy in the definition of map skills, but also inconsistency in the classification of categories of map skills. This study aims to contribute to the discussion on the definition of map skil ls, its incorporation into the educational framework of skills. Furthermore, the article intends to improve the systematization of this group of skills. In order to achieve this aim we employed general didactic models of skills in combination with insights drawn from (predominantly international) literature. The conclusion briefly introduces major trends in world research on map skills, which could serve as an inspiration for similar research in Czechia.


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