The Distinction Between Mathematics and Spatial Reasoning in Assessment: Do STEM Educators and Cognitive Psychologists Agree?

Danielle Harris, Tom Lowrie

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Abstract

Mathematics in Australia specifies spatial reasoning as a general capability within the curriculum. However, psychological research to date limits spatial assessment to psychometric tests leaving little room for a well-defined spatial curriculum. Although there are clear relationships between mathematics and spatial thinking, the independence in the measurement of the two constructs in research literature is rarely explored. In the present study, professionals in the fields of STEM Education and Cognitive Psychology evaluated mathematics and spatial assessment items. The results show evidence for a distinction between the two constructs in the content of the items, however with a caveat that thoughtful selection of assessment items is crucial to ensure independence in the measures.
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.
Pages 376-383
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846282
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Making Waves, Opening spaces - Massey University , Albany, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
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Conference

Conference41st 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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    Harris, D., & Lowrie, T. (2018). The Distinction Between Mathematics and Spatial Reasoning in Assessment: Do STEM Educators and Cognitive Psychologists Agree? 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. 376-383). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.. https://merga.net.au/common/Uploaded%20files/Annual%20Conference%20Proceedings/2018%20Annual%20Conference%20Proceedings/Harris.pdf