TY - JOUR

T1 - Unpacking mathematical-spatial relations

T2 - Problem-solving in static and interactive tasks

AU - Harris, Danielle

AU - Logan, Tracy

AU - Lowrie, Tom

PY - 2020/2/28

Y1 - 2020/2/28

N2 - The relationship between mathematics and spatial reasoning is well established and extensively researched. Certain mathematics content could be deemed explicitly spatial, for example within geometry. However, the link to spatial reasoning extends into other areas of mathematics, such as representations of the number line and reading and interpreting graphs. Correlational and training studies have tended to focus on mathematics either broadly (e.g., standardised test scores) or with specific measures (e.g., arithmetic) when examining the relationship between mathematics and spatial reasoning. In the present study, 455 students from grades 4 through 9 completed digital assessments of mathematics and spatial reasoning. The mathematics tasks reflected curriculum content with varying degrees of spatial intent. Separate assessments were developed for the primary and secondary cohorts. Relationships between mathematics task performance and spatial reasoning indicate distinctions in problem-solving between item types with different spatial skills influential for different content. The role of spatial reasoning in interactive forms of digital assessment is discussed.

AB - The relationship between mathematics and spatial reasoning is well established and extensively researched. Certain mathematics content could be deemed explicitly spatial, for example within geometry. However, the link to spatial reasoning extends into other areas of mathematics, such as representations of the number line and reading and interpreting graphs. Correlational and training studies have tended to focus on mathematics either broadly (e.g., standardised test scores) or with specific measures (e.g., arithmetic) when examining the relationship between mathematics and spatial reasoning. In the present study, 455 students from grades 4 through 9 completed digital assessments of mathematics and spatial reasoning. The mathematics tasks reflected curriculum content with varying degrees of spatial intent. Separate assessments were developed for the primary and secondary cohorts. Relationships between mathematics task performance and spatial reasoning indicate distinctions in problem-solving between item types with different spatial skills influential for different content. The role of spatial reasoning in interactive forms of digital assessment is discussed.

KW - Mathematics

KW - Primary school

KW - Problem-solving

KW - Secondary school

KW - Spatial reasoning

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UR - https://www.mendeley.com/catalogue/49a61b93-15b7-3515-a146-8def020216a0/

U2 - 10.1007/s13394-020-00316-z

DO - 10.1007/s13394-020-00316-z

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85080067523

SP - 1

EP - 17

JO - Mathematics Education Research Journal

JF - Mathematics Education Research Journal

SN - 1033-2170

ER -