Assessing the configurational knowledge of people with visual impairments or blindness


Kitchin, Rob (1995) Assessing the configurational knowledge of people with visual impairments or blindness. Swansea Geographer, 32. pp. 14-24. ISSN 0081-9980

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Abstract

One of the fundamental human needs is the need to know the world around us, and to be able to freely navigate within this environment. Visually impaired and blind individuals experience a different world from those that are sighted, and yet their spatial understanding of this world remains relatively unknown. Assessing their comprehension of the everyday geographic environment can be undertaken using a variety of data collection and analysis techniques, from the simple (e.g. sketch mapping) to the complex (e.g. multidimensional scaling). This paper examines the various methods designed to collect and analyse the configurational knowledge of sighted individuals and assesses their applicability to collecting the configurational knowledge of people with visual impairments or blindness. A small study, utilizing quantitative and qualitative techniques, is used to investigate the utility of various tests in assessing the configurational knowledge of one blind person and two visually impaired people from Aberystwyth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: configurational knowledge; visual impairments; blindness; congitive mapping;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 7250
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 13:24
Journal or Publication Title: Swansea Geographer
Publisher: Geographical Society, University College of Swansea
Refereed: Yes
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