Spatial Reasoning Influences Students’ Performance on Mathematics Tasks

Tom Lowrie, Tracy Logan, Ajay Ramful

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Abstract

Although psychological literature has demonstrated that spatial reasoning and mathematics performance are correlated, there is scant research on these relationships in the middle years. The current study examined the commonalities and differences in students’ performance on instruments that measured three spatial reasoning constructs and two mathematics content areas. There were no gender differences in terms of performance on the three constructs that measured students’ spatial visualisation, mental rotation and spatial orientation. There were strong positive relationships between the students’ spatial reasoning and mathematics performance (r=0.66), with over 44% of shared variance between the two dimensions. Our study highlights the importance of spatial reasoning in the mathematics curriculum and the necessary promotion of this dimension as a general numeracy capability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationOpening up mathematics education research
EditorsBruce White, Mohan Chinnappan, Sven Trenholm
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated
Pages407-414
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Event39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: MERGA 39 - Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 3 Jul 20167 Jul 2016
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Conference39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period3/07/167/07/16
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Lowrie, T., Logan, T., & Ramful, A. (2016). Spatial Reasoning Influences Students’ Performance on Mathematics Tasks. In B. White, M. Chinnappan, & S. Trenholm (Eds.), 39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening up mathematics education research (pp. 407-414). Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated.
Lowrie, Tom ; Logan, Tracy ; Ramful, Ajay. / Spatial Reasoning Influences Students’ Performance on Mathematics Tasks. 39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening up mathematics education research. editor / Bruce White ; Mohan Chinnappan ; Sven Trenholm. Adelaide : Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated, 2016. pp. 407-414
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39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening up mathematics education research. ed. / Bruce White; Mohan Chinnappan; Sven Trenholm. Adelaide : Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated, 2016. p. 407-414.

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Lowrie T, Logan T, Ramful A. Spatial Reasoning Influences Students’ Performance on Mathematics Tasks. In White B, Chinnappan M, Trenholm S, editors, 39th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening up mathematics education research. Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated. 2016. p. 407-414