### Abstract

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Making Waves, Opening Spaces Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia |

Editors | Jodie Hunter, Lisa Darragh, Pam Perger |

Place of Publication | Adelaide |

Publisher | Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc. |

Pages | 376-383 |

Number of pages | 8 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9781920846282 |

Publication status | Published - 2018 |

Event | Making Waves, Opening spaces: 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Massey University , Albany, New Zealand Duration: 1 Jul 2018 → 5 Jul 2018 https://www.merga.net.au |

### Conference

Conference | Making Waves, Opening spaces: 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia |
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Abbreviated title | MERGA 41 |

Country | New Zealand |

City | Albany |

Period | 1/07/18 → 5/07/18 |

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*Making Waves, Opening Spaces Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia*(pp. 376-383). Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc..

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*Making Waves, Opening Spaces Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia .*Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc., Adelaide, pp. 376-383, Making Waves, Opening spaces: 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Albany, New Zealand, 1/07/18.

**The Distinction Between Mathematics and Spatial Reasoning in Assessment: Do STEM Educators and Cognitive Psychologists Agree?** / Harris, Danielle; Lowrie, Tom.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Conference contribution

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T1 - The Distinction Between Mathematics and Spatial Reasoning in Assessment: Do STEM Educators and Cognitive Psychologists Agree?

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PY - 2018

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N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

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KW - mathematics

KW - assessment

M3 - Conference contribution

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BT - Making Waves, Opening Spaces Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia

A2 - Hunter, Jodie

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PB - Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.

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