International Cartographic Association
Commission on Cartography and Children


May, 2006

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1. Joint symposium with the International Geographical Union, Brisbane, June 2006.

Plans are well developed for the symposium and the draft programme promises some very good papers, of which 16 are strongly focused on maps and GIS. We look forward to seeing you there. Keep up to date with the symposium website:

2. Biography of the Bosatlas by Ferjan Ormeling

This new publication is an exciting 'biography' of the famous Dutch secondary school atlas. It's published in the same format as the atlas itself and charts the development of its educational cartography as well as changing classroom use of the atlas maps. The book is exceptionally well illustrated with maps and photographs. This is a landmark publication in the history of educational cartography. Ferjan will be giving a paper based on this work in Brisbane.

Full bibliographic details are: Biografie van De Bosatlas by Ferjan Ormeling, published Wolters-Noordhof Atlasproducties, Groningen, 2006. ISBN 9001 12227 2.

3. New book on GIS in Spanish

Anita Palmer (of GISetc: Educational Technology Consultants: writes about a new book from Argentina. It is GIS: Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Propuestas Didácticas by Rosa Kaufman. Anita wrote the Preface for the book and reviewed it prior to publication. The book includes and uses the free tool, ArcExplorer Java Edition for Education (AEJEE software by ESRI). It includes an introduction to GIS as well as several global projects, a project on Argentina, and one on Buenos Aires.

Anita is very excited about this book which looks as though it's an excellent resource for Spanish speaking members of the Commission. More information on the book and how to obtain it (at $28.00US) from Ms. Kaufman's website:

After you get to her website, click on the "Materiales Didacticos" link across the top and the "GIS" link on the left.

4. New book on learning and teaching with maps

Just published is: Learning and Teaching with Maps, Patrick Wiegand, Routledge (London and New York), 2006. ISBN 0-415-31210-8 (pbk). ISBN 0-415-31209-4 (hbk)

An extract from the cover blurb:
The book explains in detail how children and young people read, understand and interpret maps and how teaching with maps can be more effective.

Learning and Teaching with Maps describes how children make meaning with maps, including large scale plans, topographic and thematic maps, globes and maps of the world. Using research evidence from psychology, cartography, geography and education it explains how children understand scale, coordinates, symbols, contours and place names and identifies common learning difficulties. New perspectives are provided on children's understanding of small scale and atlas maps as well as recent evidence for young people's use of Geographical Information Systems. The text is extensively illustrated with examples of maps, including those made by children themselves using conventional materials as well as computer software.

The book describes how teachers can plan a curriculum to ensure balance and progression and suggests workable classroom activities for children from the early years of primary school to the middle of secondary education. Particular attention is paid to how learning with maps can contribute to children's developing literacy and numeracy skills. Practical guidance is provided on how teachers and others can support learning by making better maps for classroom use. The book draws on the author's unique experience of teaching in primary and secondary schools, teacher training and extensive research and development in educational cartography.

5. Madrid conference papers

Laszlo Zentai has kindly placed the Madrid papers in pdf format on the site of the Commission for Education and training:

They can be found by clicking on the "Proceedings" subtitle and searching the Madrid conference (the last one) in the main list.

6. 10th anniversary of our commission

Jesus Reyes has edited a representative collection of papers commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Cartography and Children Commission. The papers have been collated onto a CD and sent to authors and members of the ICA executive as a way of promoting and publicising our work. This publication is available in pdf format on our website:

Congratulations and thanks to Jesus, Ana Maria Garra (co-editor) and to the authors who cooperated with this great project by updating their previous work so that we have a stimulating record of some of our best research and scholarship.

7. ICA International Cartographic Conference and General Assembly, Moscow, 2007

The ICA International Cartographic Conference and General Assembly will be held in Moscow 4-10 August 2007. We hope that as many people as possible will submit papers for one of the conference themes: Cartography and Children and Educational Products. The following schedule applies:

Call for abstracts is now open.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: November 01, 2006.
Notification of Authors January 15, 2007.
Deadline for Submission of full papers: April 30, 2007.
Deadline guaranteed hotel reservation: June 15, 2007.
Further details can be found on the conference website:

Dr Patrick Wiegand
School of Education
University of Leeds