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Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning
Mathematics Education Research Journal
  • Joanne Mulligan, Macquarie University
  • Geoff Woolcott, Southern Cross University
  • Michael Mitchelmore, Macquarie University
  • Brent Davis, University of Calgary
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

Spatial reasoning, an emerging transdisciplinary area of interest to mathematics education research, is proving integral to all human learning. It is particularly critical to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This project will create an innovative knowledge framework based on spatial reasoning that identifies new pathways for mathematics learning, pedagogy and curriculum. Novel analytical tools will map the unknown complex systems linking spatial and mathematical concepts. It will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a Spatial Reasoning Mathematics Program (SRMP) in Grades 3 to 5. Benefits will be seen through development of critical spatial skills for students, increased teacher capability and informed policy and curriculum across STEM education.

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Citation Information

Mulligan, J, Woolcott, G, Mitchelmore, M & Davis, B in press, 'Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning', Mathematics Education Research Journal.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13394-017-0210-x