Keywords

mathematics curriculum, spatial reasoning, action research

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe the effect of a curriculum rich in spatial reasoning activities and experiences on the ability of my fifth grade students to spatially reason. The study was conducted to examine 1) the effects of my practice of incorporating spatial reasoning lessons and activities in my fifth-grade mathematics classroom on the students' ability to spatially reason and 2) the effects of my practice of incorporating spatial reasoning lessons and activities on my students' ability to problem solve. Data were collected over a ten-week period through the use of student interviews, anecdotal records, photos of student work, student journals, pre- and posttests and a post-study survey. In this study, students demonstrated a statistically significant increase on all pre- and posttests. The student interviews, anecdotal records, photos of student work, and student journals all revealed spatial reasoning was used in mathematics problem solving. The study suggests that spatial reasoning can be taught and spatial reasoning skills can be used in problem solving.

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Graduation Date

2005

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Dixon, Juli

Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Education

Department

Teaching and Learning Principles

Degree Program

K-8 Mathematics and Science Education

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0000351

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0000351

Language

English

Release Date

January 2015

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until January 2015; it will then be open access.

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