ERIC Number: ED159062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Research Concerning the Development of Spatial and Geometric Concepts.
Lesh, Richard, Ed.; Mierkiewicz, Diane, Ed.
These 14 research reports are grouped into three broad categories based on the Piagetian level concerned. The articles concerning preoperational concepts focus on problems such as: (1) finding an appropriate mathematical description of some of the primitive mathematical concepts; (2) the role of "activities" in early concept acquisition; (3) the similarities and differences between perceptual and conceptual processes; (4) the relation between memory improvement and improved operational ability; and (5) variables responsible for the large gap between visual-visual and haptic-visual discrimination. The articles concerning the transitional phases between concrete and formal operations focus on elementary transformation geometry concepts and emphasize the role that figurative content can play in influencing the difficulty of Piaget-type tasks. Two articles in this group focus on affine transformations, similarities, or projections. The articles dealing with older subjects or formal operational concepts investigate topics such as: (1) the nature of specific mathematical concepts as they relate to the cognitive structure of the learner; (2) understanding of frames of reference by preservice teacher education students as determined by Piagetian tasks; and (3) the bias for upright figures that students exhibit in forming concepts. (MP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Secondary School Mathematics, Transformations (Mathematics)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.; Georgia Univ., Athens. Georgia Center for the Study of Learning and Teaching Mathematics.