ERIC Number: EJ941275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Designing Spatial Visual Tasks for Research: The Case of the Filling Task
Sinclair, Margaret; Mamolo, Ami; Whiteley, Walter J.
Educational Studies in Mathematics, v78 n2 p135-163 Nov 2011
This article focuses on the development and problematization of a task designed to foster spatial visual sense in prospective and practicing elementary and middle school teachers. We describe and analyse the cyclical stages of developing, testing, and modifying several "task drafts" related to ideas around dilation and proportion. Challenged by participant non-actions and non-responses, we as task designers identified and anticipated sources of difficulties, which motivated repeated modification of the task to further the intended learning goals. The task in its present form incorporates numerous considerations including choices around materials, wording of questions and prompts, and sequencing of experiences. It also reflects our enriched understanding of exploration strategies and the roles of manipulatives and technology in spatial visual tasks designed for adult learners.
Descriptors: College Students, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Middle School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Spatial Ability, Visual Perception, Educational Technology, Manipulative Materials, Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Instructional Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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