Spatial thinking in astronomy education research

Cole, M. and Cohen, C. and Wilhelm, J. and Lindell, R. (2018) Spatial thinking in astronomy education research. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 14 (1). ISSN 2469-9896

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Abstract

[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Astronomy Education Research.] Multiple studies show that spatial thinking skills contribute to students’ performance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The study of astronomy is no different with the understanding of many astronomical phenomena requiring spatial thinking skills. This paper describes traditional and contemporary approaches to characterizing and measuring spatial thinking skills and suggests how they inform research in astronomy education. It summarizes previous literature in astronomy education research and categorizes the research approaches of astronomy education peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings that explicitly consider the role of spatial thinking. Additionally, it recommends directions and curricular approaches for astronomy education research informed by current research in spatial thinking.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2018 13:50
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2018 13:50
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1972

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