Cognitive Mapping and Wayfinding in Children’s Home- School Itinerary

Fares, Rima Beya and Bougdah, Hocine (2023) Cognitive Mapping and Wayfinding in Children’s Home- School Itinerary. International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, 11 (3). pp. 132-151. ISSN 2187-3666

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According to environmental and behavioural theories, individuals in their early years of cognitive development enter a world full of environmental stimuli that motivate them to perceive and learn. As a result of many perception processes, people convert and transfer perceived information into cognitive patterns that inform their understanding of the surroundings in which they operate and navigate around them. This paper aims to better understand the processes involved in navigating the home-school journey for children and delve into the likely impact of gender and age group of children on their perception of the environment and attempt to identify some of the factors that may affect their spatial behaviour. In doing so, there is the intention to develop a new approach to investigating wayfinding for school age children during their home-school journey. The approach consists of combining the analysis of cognitive maps drawn up by children, observation of their travel routines and space syntax tools. After contextualising the research through a literature review covering issues such as children’s spatial perception, navigation, wayfinding, and imageability, the paper describes the methods used to carry out the research, presents the results of the research and discusses them in order to shed some light on children’s wayfinding on the school journey.

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29 April 2023Accepted
15 July 2023Published Online
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 09:27
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 09:27

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