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This is a collection of print and online references about spatial thinking and learning.

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Red Canyon Terrace Project
Dennis Dahms, University of Northern Iowa
This project is designed to give students: (1) experience in mapping the details of surficial geologic deposits (Qal), (2) an understanding the geomorphic relations among surficial deposits and ...

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Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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Spatial Thinking Workbook
This project is developing and testing teaching materials to improve the spatial thinking skills of geoscience undergraduates, using strategies supported by cognitive science and geoscience education research.

Spatial Thinking Journal Club
January - May, 2012 Three-dimensional view of the global wind circulation patterns due to unequal heating at the equator and the poles. Image from NASA's Remote Sensing Tutorial: The Water Planet - ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences
Spatial thinking is fundamental in the geosciences. From visualizing atmospheric, ocean, or mantle circulation patterns to navigating unfamiliar landscapes to constructing a cross-section through deformed rocks, ...

Using Gesture to Support Spatial Thinking
Kristin Gagnier, Johns Hopkins University
This activity highlights the value of gesture in communicating spatial information. It consists of two short exercises. In the first, students are asked to pair up and describe to their partner how to navigate from one place to another in their home town. In the second, a volunteer is asked to sit on his or her hands and describe how to tie a bow with a piece of ribbon. In the first exercise, students spontaneously gesture; in the second, the volunteer will very much want to gesture and may be unable to complete the task under the restriction given (sitting on hands).

Visualizations
This is a collection of visualizations of spatial phenomena or data, including a few visualization-based teaching activities. Search the collection to find visualizations you can use in your classes. To find a ...

Print and Online References
This is a collection of print and online references about spatial thinking and learning. To find a reference that meets your needs, try Typing keywords into the search box below Refining your search by clicking on ...

Teaching Activities
These teaching activities have a strong spatial thinking component. Search the collection to find activities suitable for your classes. To find a teaching activity that meets your needs, try Typing keywords into ...

Conveners
Mary Hegarty, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College Eric Riggs, Geosciences, Texas A&M University Tim Shipley, Psychology, Temple ...

Teaching Activities
The activities in this collection are designed to help undergraduate geoscience students develop their spatial visualization skills, and particularly their penetrative thinking skills: the ability to visualize ...

Spatial Thinking in Geosciences
Spatial thinking is thinking that finds meaning in the shape, size, orientation, location, direction or trajectory, of objects, processes or phenomena, or the relative positions in space of multiple objects, ...

Spatial Thinking Resources
A collection of resources related to understanding spatial thinking in the geosciences. HelpNo matchesNew Search From the main search screen you can browse through the collection using the terms on the right of the ...

Journal Club Overview
Complex folds in Anti-Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Image from Google Earth. This journal club provided an opportunity to dive into the literature on spatial thinking, particularly in the context of the geosciences, ...

Spatial Thinking Journal Club Findings
This summary was compiled by Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center. From January to May, 2012, the Spatial Thinking Journal Club met once a month to explore the cognitive aspects of spatial thinking and ...

Prior Research on Spatial Thinking
Spatial Reasoning in STEM Spatial thinking skills are essential in STEM fields Spatial reasoning is critical to success in the STEM disciplines and the skills that make up spatial reasoning are not explicitly ...

Publications and Presentations
2015 Ormand, Carol, Thomas F. Shipley, Barbara Dutrow, Laurel Goodwin, Thomas A. Hickson, Basil Tikoff, Kinnari Atit, Kristin Michod Gagnier, and Ilyse Resnick (2015). Teaching Spatial Thinking in Mineralogy, ...

Research Recommendations from the Spatial Thinking Journal Club
This summary was compiled by Carol Ormand, Science Education Resource Center. From January to May, 2012, the Spatial Thinking Journal Club met once a month to explore the cognitive aspects of spatial thinking and ...

About this Project
Goals The Spatial Thinking Workbook project is focused on improving spatial skills in upper-division undergraduate geoscience courses. Specifically, our goal is to improve students' penetrative thinking ...

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences: A cross-disciplinary look at the intersection of the two fields
K.A. Kastens, T. Ishikawa
This paper discusses major tasks that professional geoscientists and geoscience learners tackle, with a focus on the spatial nature of the tasks and underlying cognitive processes. Specific tasks ...

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