Strategy Use in Mathematics Assessment

Does Spatial Reasoning Matter?

Alex FORNDRAN, Thomas LOWRIE, Danielle Harris

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Mathematics and spatial reasoning are inextricably linked. While this is increasingly
recognised, a clearer understanding of how spatial reasoning improves your mathematics performance is needed. We sought to explore the role of spatial reasoning strategy use across a range of mathematics assessment tasks with Grade 7 and 9 students. Interviews were conducted and data from students with varying levels of spatial ability was explored to determine if spatial ability had an observable effect on strategy use and success.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd MERGA Conference 2019: Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019


Conference42nd MERGA Conference 2019
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FORNDRAN, A., LOWRIE, T., & Harris, D. (2019). Strategy Use in Mathematics Assessment: Does Spatial Reasoning Matter? In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice: Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 276-283). Adelaide, Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.