Approaches to Educational Research

To get a better understanding of people’s understanding about maps, my group and I set out to interview a large group of people.  Our goal was to understand if there was a misconception about the size of the continents and where this misconception originated.  Originally, we believed that the use of flat maps in classrooms caused this misconception.  Even though many interviewees chose the same map, each person’s ordering of the continents were inconsistent.  This led us to conclude two new hypothesizes including having a narrow view of the world and how a person learns about the world in school.  Please view my group’s findings here.

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