Creativity, Art and Cartography in Geographic Education

Karen M. Trifonoff


Elementary children can learn about maps, but what they do learn depends in large part on the background and training of the teacher. Teachers who engage in mapping activities often lack training in the technical aspects of map making, along with a lack of knowledge of the role of art, design, and creativity in the cartographic process. An activity designed to help elementary and middle school teachers integrate artistic perspectives and mapping is outlined. The workshop proved to be an effective vehicle for increasing teachers' knowledge of both map making and art and gave them an outline for a map making activity that could be adapted to any grade level.

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