Adjustment To University And Spatial Environment Perception By Students


The article presents the results of the study of correlation between the perception of urban space and the adjustment to the university life among first-year students of the Pedagogical University. The adjustment to the university life was also studied using the feedback form the Adjustment to University and the perception of urban space was studied based on the method of research of cognitive maps according to S. Milgram. The images created by students, called the cognitive maps, can be divided into several types according to the subjective organization of space, i.e. geographical, topographic, fragmentary. It was revealed that the adjustment to the university and the nature of the subjective organization of spatial information were related. A higher level of adjustment is associated with a greater number of objects depicted by students. As for the reasons of the revealed connections, various explanations are possible. On the one hand, those students who adjust better, participate more actively in the public life, visit a wider range of city objects using the city maps on regular basis. As a result, the image of the city in their minds becomes more holistic and geographically defined. However, the connection can also be inverse: A high level of spatial information structuring can be associated with a higher level of intelligence and information culture of the individual, which allows him or her to better adjust to the new environment. It is possible that both explanations are fair in their own way and the correlation is of two-way nature.

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29 November 2021

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Cultural development, technological development, socio-political transformations, globalization

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Vasilenko, E. A., Shumilova, E., Gnatyshina, E., Salavatulina, L., & Vorozheikina, A. (2021). Adjustment To University And Spatial Environment Perception By Students. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 1652-1658). European Publisher.