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Attend a Graduate Defense

By: taylorreeves737   Published 3:36 pm / September 27, 2017

Kelli Rich

When: 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9
Where: Education Building, Wallace Conference Room
Title: Conceptual Understandings of Equivalence
Program: Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Abstract: 
Spatial reasoning and relational thinking are important components to mathematical competency. Traditional curriculum does not promote spatial reasoning and relational thinking knowledge to a large degree (Hattikudur & Alibali, 2010). A review of literature was conducted to examine the effects of mathematics instruction on the development of students’ conceptual understanding of equivalence through the integration of spatial reasoning and relational thinking. The Developing Mathematical Thinking (DMT) curricular resources integrate Bruner’s enactive, iconic, and symbolic modes of representations (1966), using tasks designed to strengthen students’ spatial reasoning and relational thinking to develop mathematical equivalence.