ERIC Number: EJ1065066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
New Opportunities in Geometry Education at the Primary School
Sinclair, Nathalie; Bruce, Catherine D.
ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, v47 n3 p319-329 Jun 2015
This paper outlines the new opportunities that that will be changing the landscape of geometry education at the primary school level. These include: the research on spatial reasoning and its connection to school mathematics in general and school geometry in particular; the function of drawing in the construction of geometric meaning; the role of digital technologies; the importance of transformational geometry in the curriculum (including symmetry as well as the isometries); and, the possibility of extending primary school geometry from its typical emphasis on vocabulary (naming and sorting shapes by properties) to working on the composing/decomposing, classifying, comparing and mentally manipulating both two- and three-dimensional figures. We discuss these opportunities in the context of historical developments in the nature and relevance of school geometry. The aim is to motivate and connect the set of papers in this special issue.
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Educational Technology, Information Technology, Mathematics Curriculum, Vocabulary Development, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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