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Direction and Locations in University Students’ Cognitive Maps

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(3), pp.245-259
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.3.1
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : October 22, 2018
  • Accepted : November 7, 2018

Minsung Kim 1 LEE, SANG-IL 2

1부산대학교 지리교육과
2서울대학교 지리교육과

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ABSTRACT

This study examined university students’ campus cognitive maps in terms of the overall direction and specific locations. The participants were provided a blank map in which the campus boundaries and three landmark locations were marked. A list of buildings was also offered. Then, the participants determined the overall direction of the campus and identified specific locations of the buildings. In determining the direction, the participants reported that the college of education is located at the north from the main entrance, in fact the opposite is true. We interpreted this result from the notion of the metaphoric association of north; the college of education is the main target of campus wayfinding for the participants. In addition, it is located at a high elevation. In identifying the locations, the participants tended to underestimate the distances between buildings that they understood as a chunk. Furthermore, the students located buildings that are likely to be associated with their everyday lives closer to their main living base, or college of education. This study provides an addition to the literature because it empirically examined students’ cognitive maps about the campus and distortions in them.

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