Analysis of Truth and Falsity of Mental School Maps



Maps are like art in that they change not only what we see but how we see it (Turchi, 2004). Depending on who constructed the map the entire focus and point behind the map can change.  This phenomenon was ever so present in a recent mental mapping excercise I asked of my former students.  I asked nine students from Bridgeton ExCEL middle school to construct maps of their school from memory.  In analyzing the mental maps I set out to show like Denis Wood did in The Power of Maps that there is nothing natural and true about a map. The mental maps have more than one intention.  Overall I strive to show that no map can be taken as the ultimate truth and there is no one view/truth in how students view their school. To read more click on the following link:


This entry was written by tonidibona and published on February 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm. It’s filed under Mapping, Semiotics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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