### Abstract

Original language | English |
---|---|

Title of host publication | Visualizing mathematics: The role of spatial reasoning in mathematical thought. |

Editors | Kelly S. Mix, Michael T. Battista |

Place of Publication | The Netherlands |

Publisher | Springer |

Chapter | 13 |

Pages | 253-276 |

Number of pages | 24 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 9783319987675 |

ISBN (Print) | 9783319987668 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Dec 2018 |

### Publication series

Name | Research in Mathematics Education |
---|---|

Publisher | Springer |

ISSN (Print) | 2570-4729 |

### Fingerprint

### Cite this

*Visualizing mathematics: The role of spatial reasoning in mathematical thought.*(pp. 253-276). (Research in Mathematics Education). The Netherlands: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98767-5_12

}

*Visualizing mathematics: The role of spatial reasoning in mathematical thought..*Research in Mathematics Education, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 253-276. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98767-5_12

**The interaction between spatial reasoning constructs and mathematics understandings in elementary classrooms.** / LOWRIE, Thomas; LOGAN, Tracy.

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

TY - CHAP

T1 - The interaction between spatial reasoning constructs and mathematics understandings in elementary classrooms.

AU - LOWRIE, Thomas

AU - LOGAN, Tracy

PY - 2018/12/1

Y1 - 2018/12/1

N2 - Numerous studies from cognitive and educational psychology research have highlighted the strong association between spatial reasoning and mathematics performance. This chapter examines this relationship from a mathematics education perspective, with a focus on elementary classrooms. Three spatial constructs critical to mathematics instruction and learning are identified: namely, spatial visualization; mental rotation; and spatial orientation. These constructs are described in relation to student’s encoding and decoding of mathematics information and the increasing influence these constructs have on mathematics assessment. The extent to which spatial training can enhance student’s math performance is also considered in relation to these three constructs. Implications highlight the potential of explicitly focusing on spatial reasoning in math classrooms, given the malleability of instruction and ongoing affordances of technology.

AB - Numerous studies from cognitive and educational psychology research have highlighted the strong association between spatial reasoning and mathematics performance. This chapter examines this relationship from a mathematics education perspective, with a focus on elementary classrooms. Three spatial constructs critical to mathematics instruction and learning are identified: namely, spatial visualization; mental rotation; and spatial orientation. These constructs are described in relation to student’s encoding and decoding of mathematics information and the increasing influence these constructs have on mathematics assessment. The extent to which spatial training can enhance student’s math performance is also considered in relation to these three constructs. Implications highlight the potential of explicitly focusing on spatial reasoning in math classrooms, given the malleability of instruction and ongoing affordances of technology.

KW - Spatial reasoning

KW - Mathematics Education

KW - Geometry

KW - Encoding

KW - Decoding

KW - graphics tasks

KW - elementary education

KW - STEM

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-98767-5_12

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-98767-5_12

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9783319987668

T3 - Research in Mathematics Education

SP - 253

EP - 276

BT - Visualizing mathematics: The role of spatial reasoning in mathematical thought.

A2 - Mix, Kelly S.

A2 - Battista, Michael T.

PB - Springer

CY - The Netherlands

ER -