School travel modes and children’s spatial cognition

In this study, the authors explore the relationship between transportation mode for school travel and spatial representation along home-school routes in children aged 7-12. In doing so, they seek to determine how travel modes affect the development of children's spatial cognition. Elementary school children in northern Taiwan comprise the study's sample and a two-stage survey (a general questionnaire and spatial cognitive mapping) provides the sample data. The findings reveal a positive association between the use of independent, active or non-motorized transportation modes and spatial cognition in terms of object richness and route correctness. The study supports the notion that school-home travel modes affect children's spatial cognition. It also supports previous research findings that traveling to school with an adult and via motorized transport negatively impact children's spatial cognition development.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1578-1600
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  • Accession Number: 01675745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2018 4:13PM