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ERIC Number: EJ1006210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Seeing Relationships: Using Spatial Thinking to Teach Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies
Newcombe, Nora S.
American Educator, v37 n1 p26-31, 40 Spr 2013
The author discusses four specific strategies for enhancing and supporting the spatial aspects of the science, mathematics, and social studies curricula. However, these four strategies are examples of what can be done, not an exhaustive list. The overarching concept is to embrace the spatial visualizations used for discovery and communication in these subject areas, helping students learn to read, discuss, and even create these visualizations. Doing so will aid the transmission of content and the future learning of new content, and the meta-analysis indicates it will probably act as a spatial skills training of its own. Spatial ability can be improved both inside and outside the classroom, as well as by instruction in other subject areas, notably the visual arts. Spatializing the curriculum by including and explicitly teaching the spatial symbol systems that lie at the heart of science, mathematics, and social studies is an achievable and worthwhile goal. (Contains 4 figures and 32 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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