Space for Mathematics: Spatial cognition as a contributor to the development of mathematics skills in children

26th February 2019 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Seminar

Speaker: Dr Katie Gilligan (School of Psychology, University of Surrey)

Location: Seminar Room K/L, Bruner Building C, Department of Education

Convener: Alex Hodgkiss

A part of the Child Development and Learning (CDL) seminar series

There is evidence of associations between spatial skills and mathematics in pre-school and adult populations. However, relatively few studies explore these associations in primary school aged children. In this talk I will present both cross-sectional and longitudinal findings on the developmental relations between spatial and mathematical skills in children aged 5 to 10 years, exploring the specificity of these relations to certain spatial and mathematical sub-domains, and the sensitivity of the relations to developmental age. I will also outline evidence for the transfer of spatial training gains to mathematics, findings that suggest a causal role for spatial skills on mathematics outcomes in childhood. Taken together, the findings presented support the “spatialisation” of the primary school mathematics curriculum as a novel way of improving children’s mathematics outcomes.

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