Activities for Students: A S(t)imulating Study of Map Projections: An Exploration Integrating Mathematics and Social Studies

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As technological advances continue to help more people make connections with the entire world, students must understand how to use and interpret information shown in different maps of the world (Geography Education Standards Project 1994; Freese 1997). However, mental-mapping research suggests that students in the United States have major misconceptions about proportions, locations, and perspective when they work with maps (Dulli and Goodman 1994; Stoltman 1991).


Wilkins teaches mathematics education, and his areas of research include educational opportunity and quantitative literacy.

Hicks teaches social studies education, and his interests include citizenship, technology, and interdisciplinary connections.

Edited by Betty Krist,, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260. This section is designed to provide in reproducible formats mathematics activities appropriate for students in grades 7–12. This material may be reproduced by classroom teachers for use in their own classes. Readers who have developed successful classroom activities are encouraged to submit manuscripts, in a format similar to the “Activities” already published, to the senior journal editor for review. Of particular interest are activities focusing on the Council's curriculum standards, its expanded concept of basic skills, problem solving and applications, and the uses of calculators and computers.

Write to NCTM, attention: infocentral, or send e-mail to, for the catalog of educational materials, which lists compilations of “Activities” in bound form.—Ed.

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