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
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
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Conference

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

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

Cite this

Livy, S., Downton, A., Reinhold, S., & Wöller, S. (2018). Insights into a year 4 student's spatial reasoning and conceptual knowledge of rectangular prisms. In J. Hunter, L. Darragh, & P. Perger (Eds.), Making Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 487-494). Adelaide SA Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.