Characteristics of spatial visualisation: Perspectives from area of composite shapes

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Abstract

This paper attempted to make explicit some of the underlying characteristics of spatial visualisation using the concept of area of composite shapes. By engaging students with metric-free tasks, we identify the type of perceptual and visual/spatial manoeuvres that they deploy in such situations. Interview data collected from three students in Grade 7, 8, and 9 are used to exemplify three key constituents of spatial visualisation: figure-ground perception, global and local perception, and gesturing. An observable discontinuity was discovered in coordinating different pieces of spatial information after disembedding the parts that constitute the whole. This paper concludes with pedagogical implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsJodie Hunter, Lisa Darragh, Pam Perger
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
Pages623-630
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846282
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventMaking Waves, Opening spaces: 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Massey University , Albany, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
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ConferenceMaking Waves, Opening spaces: 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Abbreviated titleMERGA 41
CountryNew Zealand
CityAlbany
Period1/07/185/07/18
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PATAHUDDIN, S., LOGAN, T., & RAMFUL, A. (2018). Characteristics of spatial visualisation: Perspectives from area of composite shapes. In J. Hunter, L. Darragh, & P. Perger (Eds.), Making Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 623-630). Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc..