Maps, values and representations: Deconstructing eurocentrism among European primary teachers

M. Villanueva, C. Gonzalo

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Abstract

Maps are social constructions and the concepts and images they transmit are also the knowledge of the world from which they emerge; a particular map projection relates to the ideas they convey. In this paper we describe an experience with primary teachers of different European countries about their images of the world through an exercise of maps. We try to analyse how these images are reflecting the features of particular map projections used in their learning and how they are unconsciously affected by their European origin and by their national identity. We also try to examine the values implied in the geographical images, not only those which are clearly defined but also those hidden behind an objective and neutral, as it is supposed, map of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
JournalInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

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