Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning

  • Joanne Mulligan
  • Geoffrey Woolcott
  • Michael Mitchelmore
  • Brent Davis
Original Article


Spatial reasoning, an emerging transdisciplinary area of interest to mathematics education research, is proving integral to all human learning. It is particularly critical to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This project will create an innovative knowledge framework based on spatial reasoning that identifies new pathways for mathematics learning, pedagogy and curriculum. Novel analytical tools will map the unknown complex systems linking spatial and mathematical concepts. It will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a Spatial Reasoning Mathematics Program (SRMP) in Grades 3 to 5. Benefits will be seen through development of critical spatial skills for students, increased teacher capability and informed policy and curriculum across STEM education.


Spatial reasoning Mathematics curriculum and pedagogy Primary students Network analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Mulligan
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Woolcott
    • 2
  • Michael Mitchelmore
    • 3
  • Brent Davis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Educational StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationSouthern Cross UniversityEast LismoreAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Educational StudiesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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