Which representation of the world? Cultural biases in world maps and their implications in the teaching/learning process

Marneo Serenelli

A key fact is that representing the surface of a sphere on flat paper is an impossible operation, therefore when we draw the Earth’s surface we have to resort to using deformations of the real proportions of the areas. Cartographers should try to keep those deformations to a minimum and educational agencies should try to highlight any cultural bias in order to provide an objective input to the general public and to learners in particular, so that the latter could build their own appropriate mental concept.

Cultural bias, world vision, cartography, world maps, education.