Insights into a year 4 student's spatial reasoning and conceptual knowledge of rectangular prisms

Sharyn Livy, Ann Downton, Simone Reinhold, Susanne Wöller

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    Abstract

    While spatial reasoning skills have been found to predict mathematical achievement, little is known about how primary students’ conceptual understanding of three-dimensional objects develops. This paper reports insights into a Year 4 student’s spatial reasoning when constructing and describing the properties of rectangular prisms, using Froebel’s Gifts, in an interview. Categories of the van Hiele framework were used to analyse student responses in conjunction with a specially designed analysis tool. The findings highlight the benefit of using a one-to-one interview to shed light on one student’s spatial reasoning and conceptual knowledge of rectangular prisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMaking Waves, Opening Spaces
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsJodie Hunter, Lisa Darragh, Pam Perger
    Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
    Pages487-494
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781920846282
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2018 - Massey University, Albany Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
    Conference number: 41st
    http://www.eenz.com/merga41/
    https://merga.net.au/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2018-MERGA-CP.aspx (Proceedings)

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2018
    Abbreviated titleMERGA 2018
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
    CityAlbany Auckland
    Period1/07/185/07/18
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    Keywords

    • Primary
    • Mathematics
    • Reasoning
    • Geometry
    • Three-dimensional (3D) visualization

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