Teaching basic map concepts in three countries: Azerbaijan, Hungary and United Arab Emirates

Nargiz Safaraliyeva, Naeema Al Hosani, José Jesús Reyes Nunez

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The authors’ main aim is to offer an abbreviated background on the methods and solutions used to teach basic map concepts in three countries, based on the study of textbooks and workbooks related to Geography as well as school atlases. Firstly, a short history on the teaching of basic map concepts in our countries is given. It is followed by the presentation of map concepts taught currently in each country and in which grades can pupils learn those concepts. Next, authors reflected on some methods and solutions used to teach map concepts, presenting in more detail those solutions that in our opinion can contribute more effectively to arouse students’ interest in the use of maps. Some interesting exercises and practical activities are also described, making emphasis in the importance of the multidisciplinary teaching activities: acquisition or practice of knowledge related to maps in different subjects, introduction of new technologies and use of school atlases. Finally, authors presented the similarities and differences between our countries and highlighted the positive aspects of our teaching activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-303
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Cartography
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - May 4 2019


  • Map concepts
  • elementary school
  • high school
  • school cartography
  • secondary school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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