Developing student spatial ability with 3D software applications

Christou, Constantinos, Jones, Keith, Pitta-Pantazi, Demetra, Pittalis, Marios, Mousoulides, Nicholas, Matos, João Filipe, Sendova, Evgenia, Zachariades, Theodossios and Boytchev, Pavel (2007) Developing student spatial ability with 3D software applications. In, 5th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME5), Larnaca, CY, 22 - 26 Feb 2007. 10pp.


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This paper reports on the design of a library of software applications for the teaching and learning of spatial geometry and visual thinking. The core objective of these applications is the development of a set of dynamic microworlds, which enables (i) students to construct, observe and manipulate configurations in space, (ii) students to study different solids and relates them to their corresponding nets, and (iii) students to promote their visualization skills through the process of constructing dynamic visual images. During the developmental process of software applications the key elements of spatial ability and visualization (mental images, external representations, processes, and abilities of visualization) are carefully taken into consideration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: pedagogy, curriculum, geometry, 3D, three, dimensions, dimensional, teaching, learning, computers, ICT, geometric, spatial, visual, reasoning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Mathematics and Science Education
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Mathematics, Science & Health Education (MSHE)
ePrint ID: 45969
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Date Deposited: 02 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:20

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