United States

The countries that possess the biggest economies of the world are generally the ones that are in bigger evidence and to know to locate each one of them in the map of the world would have to be easy task for a student of it finishes year of average education and that it is, therefore, to a step of the university. Taking as base the research carried through for the Ipsos Institute, also was carried through a quantitative research to evaluate the degree of knowledge in relation to the map of the world, of pupils who are attending a course the third year of average education. It was chosen to apply the questionnaire the pupils of the last year of average education, therefore, these pupils in thesis must already have all acquired basic the cartographic knowledge, taking in account normal education. Another factor that was determinative to the choice of these pupils was the fact to be to few months to finish the studies and, therefore, they would have to be prepared for the vestibular contest. The questionnaire consisted of a simple test, in which the pupil would have to identify in a planisfrio of the map of the world, ten countries that, according to forecast of economists, will form ranking of the ten bigger economies of the world in the year of 2010. The countries that would have to be identified are: United States, Japan, China, Germany, France, Italy, Great-Britain, Brazil, Spain and India. Year of the college student in three So Paulo state schools was applied the test the 133 pupils of 3. The cities where the research was carried through had been Sumar and Ibitinga, in the interior of the state of So Paulo, and Vinhtico, in the state of the Espirito Santo. In the city of Sumar, the research was applied the two groups of 3 collegiate of the state school Alice Antenor de Souza.