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Mental Mapping: Viewing the School Environment of the Mind
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  Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
  doi:10.2991/icge-16.2017.66 (how to use a DOI)
Fatiya Rosyida, Wakhidatus Sholikhah, Ulfi Andrian Sari
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Fatiya Rosyida
publication date:
May 2017
Mental mapping, school environment
One of the geographic curriculum learning objectives in 2013 is to comprehend spatial patterns, environmental and territorial, as well as the processes related to geosphere symptoms in both national and global context. One of the tools that can be used to determine the comprehension of spatial patterns is by using a mental map. A mental map is an individual's cognitive ability to describe the spatial information in their mind. A mental map is not only a way to understand the spatial patterns, but also an indicator to measure how well the students understand the characteristics of their environment. Good understanding of environmental characteristics through observation and analysis will help them in problem solving and decision making. Therefore, the mental map is an important basic ability in which students should possess. This capability is not only used on the subjects of geography but also in other subjects related to spatial information. Deeper study of students' mental map is crucial for further study. This is because the mental map can be used as a reference in determining methods and strategies in the next geography lesson. This study is a survey research. The survey was conducted in SMAN 1 Kesamben because the school has a unique morphology. The school is located on slope areas, so it requires more ability to visualize and sketches the schools than other schools which are located in flat areas. The samples are students of grade 10 and grade 12 who taking the same basic in mapping competence. The results of the mental map study are grade 12 scores better than grade 10. Students of grade 12 have been longer experiencing the school environment which influences the research results. They have more ability to explore information about the conditions of the school environment.
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