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ERIC Number: EJ1093225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
Reflecting on Classroom Practice: Spatial Reasoning and Simple Coding
King, Alessandra
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v71 n4 p21-27 2015
Spatial reasoning--the ability to visualise and play with shapes in one's mind--is essential in many fields, and crucial in any Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics [STEM] discipline. It is, for example, the ability that the engineer needs to build bridges; the chemist to see the three-dimensional structure of a molecule; the architect to design buildings; and the doctor to navigate the patient's abdominal cavity with a laparoscope. Spatial thinking is an important factor for achievement in areas of STEM. While there is evidence of a gender gap in this area, there is also evidence that these reasoning skills can be improved with practice. The author of this article teaches in an all-girls school, and wished to address both the spatial reasoning and coding gap by creating a brief unit on that subject matter. The unit described in this article was designed to simultaneously introduce the author's students to a beginner level of computer programming, and assist them in developing and practice their spatial skills.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail: office@aamt.edu.au; Web site: http://www.aamt.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia