Methodological convergence in cognitive mapping research: investigating configurational knowledge

Kitchin, Rob (1996) Methodological convergence in cognitive mapping research: investigating configurational knowledge. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 16 (3). pp. 163-185. ISSN 0272-4944

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Thirteen tests designed to measure aspects of configurational knowledge were compared and contrasted using a repeated measures, multi-data collection and multi-data analysis approach. Respondents consisted of 279 first-year undergraduates newly resident to the study area (Swansea, Wales). Respondents completed four tests, drawn from four different groupings which were consistent in nature. Tests were varied in spatial cueing (the amount of information supplied) and location cueing (the amount of information requested). In addition, the data produced were subjected to systematic filtering (a set number of places were removed from the analysis) and data-defined filtering (guesses and unfamiliar places were removed from the analysis). It is demonstrated that tests produce differing results and that task demands explain the variances. It is recommended that multiple, mutually supportive tests should be used to assess individuals’ configurational knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Methodological convergence; cognitive mapping research; configurational knowledge;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 5403
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2014 15:59
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes

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