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Investigating the use of spatial reasoning strategies in geometric problem solving

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Show simple item record Buckley, Jeffrey Seery, Niall Canty, Donal 2018-03-29T10:45:06Z 2018-03-29T10:45:06Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract A core aim of contemporary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is the development of robust problem-solving skills. This can be achieved by fostering both discipline knowledge expertise and general cognitive abilities associated with problem solving. One of the most important cognitive abilities in STEM education is spatial ability however understandings of how students use this ability in practice are currently underdeveloped. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate how levels of spatial ability impacted both performance and approaches to problem solving. In the context of graphical education, selected due to its significant overlap with technological, mathematical and engineering knowledge, a repeated cross-sectional study design was implemented to gather longitudinal data of student approaches to problem solving. A battery of psychometric tests of spatial ability was administered to two cohorts and problem solving was examined through a variety of graphical problems. The findings illustrate a relationship between attaining higher levels of spatial ability and performance. Participants with lower levels of spatial ability evidenced the utilisation of models to a greater extend with a particular emphasis on models with the capacity to alleviate the need for spatial reasoning. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer Verlag en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Technology and Design Education;14 March 2018
dc.subject spatial ability en_US
dc.subject problem solving en_US
dc.subject STEM education en_US
dc.subject graphical education en_US
dc.title Investigating the use of spatial reasoning strategies in geometric problem solving en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10798-018-9446-3
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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