Investigating and facilitating children's graphic, geographic, and spatial development: An illustration of Rodney R. Cocking's legacy

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Presented here is a case history of an interdisciplinary program of research on children's graphic, geographic, and spatial development that integrates approaches from developmental psychology, geography, and education. Some of the theoretical and historical roots of this work are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the roles that Rodney R. Cocking played in the evolution of this work. Described are findings from basic research on children's developing understanding of place representations, such as maps, educational interventions designed for public television and elementary school classrooms, and efforts aimed at national educational reform. Taken together, the work illustrates Rodney Cocking's profound, diverse, and continuing legacy to the scholarship of the academy and to the lives of children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-679
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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