Chapter 13. The development of spatial perspective in the description of large-scale environments

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This research investigated developmental changes in children&#8217;s representations of large-scale environments as reflected in spontaneous gestures and speech produced during route descriptions Four-, five-, and six-year-olds (<i>N</i> = 122) described the route from their nursery school to their own homes. Analysis of the children&#8217;s gestures showed that some 5- and 6-year-olds produced gestures that represented survey mapping, and they were categorized as a <i>survey group</i>. Children who did not produce such gestures were categorized as a <i>route group</i>. A comparison of the two groups revealed no significant differences in speech indices, with the exception that the survey group showed significantly fewer right/left terms. As for gesture, the survey group produced more gestures than the route group. These results imply that an initial form of survey-map representation is acquired beginning at late preschool age.


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