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AGUIAR, Lígia Maria Brochado de. The place and the map. Cad. CEDES [online]. 2003, vol.23, n.60, pp. 139-148. ISSN 1678-7110. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32622003000200002.
This text is an exercise of geographical imagination based on a given situation: living in a place, taking care of it and improving it. Explored through Atlas Escolares Municipais (Municipal School Atlases), this situation, also defined as a geographical one, allows thinking the geographical space as a mediation between the world and the local place. From this place, we can establish the space, whatever space that may suit us, and answer the questions: where, how and why we are here. Teaching the local place in the first grades of primary school means trying to have our students learn to live in their place, acknowledged as the "space of solidarity happenings". Through the study of maps of their city, students may explore existential and cognitive territories and give visibility to the world that "unfolds" in their local place. In addition, it is an efficient intellectual support to visualize and process information quickly.
Keywords : Place; Map; Form; Geographical imagination.