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ERIC Number: EJ1031564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Got LEGO Bricks? Children with Spatial Strengths
Mann, Rebecca
Parenting for High Potential, v3 n2 p4-6, 8 Oct 2013
Individuals with spatial strengths have preferences for visual ideation, holistic reasoning, and innovation. With the emphasis on verbal skills, American schools rarely provide opportunities for children to excel in these areas. Standardized assessments used to judge achievement do not value reflective thinking and innovation; therefore, students are seldom provided assignments and activities that focus on solving complex and creative problems. There is a disconnect between schools and the business world, as these are the mathematical attributes professionals seek in individuals entering the fields of engineering, technology, and the sciences. Individuals with spatial strengths have skills highly valued in the STEM disciplines. In order to reach their full potential, many children with spatial strengths need an advocate. They need parents and teachers who encourage their strengths and do not attempt to get them to conform to the model of the traditional student. This article describes spatial ability and how LEGOs are a natural pastime for children with spatial strengths.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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