Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning

Joanne Mulligan, Geoffrey Woolcott, Michael Mitchelmore, Brent Davis

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    Spatial reasoning, an emerging transdisciplinary area of interest to mathematics education research, is proving integral to all human learning. It is particularly critical to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This project will create an innovative knowledge framework based on spatial reasoning that identifies new pathways for mathematics learning, pedagogy and curriculum. Novel analytical tools will map the unknown complex systems linking spatial and mathematical concepts. It will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a Spatial Reasoning Mathematics Program (SRMP) in Grades 3 to 5. Benefits will be seen through development of critical spatial skills for students, increased teacher capability and informed policy and curriculum across STEM education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77–87
    Number of pages11
    JournalMathematics Education Research Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


    • spatial reasoning
    • mathematics curriculum and pedagogy
    • primary students
    • network analysis

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