Primary students’ spatial visualization and spatial orientation : an evidence base for instruction

Diezmann, Carmel M. & Lowrie, Tom (2009) Primary students’ spatial visualization and spatial orientation : an evidence base for instruction. In Proceedings of the 33rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education , 19-24 July 2009, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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This paper reports on the performance of 58 11 to 12-year-olds on a spatial visualization task and a spatial orientation task. The students completed these tasks and explained their thinking during individual interviews. The qualitative data were analysed to inform pedagogical content knowledge for spatial activities. The study revealed that “matching” or “matching and eliminating” were the typical strategies that students employed on these spatial tasks. However, errors in making associations between parts of the same or different shapes were noted. Students also experienced general difficulties with visual memory and language use to explain their thinking. The students’ specific difficulties in spatial visualization related to obscured items, the perspective used, and the placement and orientation of shapes.

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ID Code: 26557
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mathematics, graphics, spatial visualisation, spatial orientation, spatial thinking
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2009 22:53
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:54

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