Student (mis)conceptions when working with maps

Maps are usually designated as an essential tool for geographic communication. It is, therefore, necessary to teach students how to work with maps and to understand their basic concepts in geography lessons at secondary school level. Within this context, we can talk about student conceptions related to map work or student misconceptions in the case of any inadequate understanding which can be caused by poorly developed map skills. The main goal of the research should be to identify any (mis)conceptions among secondary students when interpreting different types of maps (using a conceptual test, interviews, and eye-tracking technology) and to describe why they occur. Furthermore, the impact of any teacher (mis)conceptions, as well as the way in which student (mis)conceptions affect map task solving, could be identified within this context. The research will focus on the most common types of maps (both topographic and thematic).

  • Type: General
  • Supervisor: Martin Hanus
  • Programme: General Issues in Geography
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: October 1, 2019
  • Application deadline: 30th April 2019 (consulting with the tutor in advance is strongly recommended)
  • Funding: Scholarship 10 500 CZK per month (+ additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed)