ISBN: 9780262321730 | 352 pp. | November 2014

Space in Mind

Concepts for Spatial Learning and Education

The current “spatial turn” in many disciplines reflects an emerging scholarly interest in space and spatiality as central components in understanding the natural and cultural worlds. In Space in Mind, leading researchers from a range of disciplines examine the implications of research on spatial thinking and reasoning for education and learning. Their contributions suggest ways in which recent work in such fields as spatial cognition, geographic information systems, linguistics, artificial intelligence, architecture, and data visualization can inform spatial approaches to learning and education.

After addressing the conceptual foundations of spatial thinking for education and learning, the book considers visualization, both external (for example, diagrams and maps) and internal (imagery and other mental spatial representations); embodied cognition and spatial understanding; and the development of specific spatial curricula and literacies.

Contributors: Kinnari Atit, John Bateman, Ruth Conroy Dalton, Ghislain Deslongchamps, Bonnie Dixon, Roger M. Downs, Daniel R. Montello, Christian Freksa, Michael F. Goodchild, Karl Grossner, Mary Hegarty, Scott R. Hinze, Christoph Hölscher, Alycia M. Hund, Donald G. Janelle, Sander Lestrade, Evie Malaia, Nora S. Newcombe, David N. Rapp, Thomas F. Shipley, Holger Schultheis, Mary Jane Shultz, Diana Sinton, Mike Stieff, Thora Tenbrink, Basil Tikoff, Dido Tsigaridi, David Waller, Ranxiao Frances Wang, Ronnie Wilbur, Kenneth C. Williamson, Vickie M. Williamson

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Introduction and Conceptual Foundations
  3. 1. Concepts for Spatial Learning and Education: An Introduction

    Daniel R. Montello, Karl Grossner, and Donald G. Janelle

  4. 2. Three Ways of Using Space

    Christian Freksa and Holger Schultheis

  5. 3. The Linguistic Ontology of Space: General Methods and the Role of Comparative Linguistic Evidence

    John Bateman and Sander Lestrade

  6. II. Visualization in Spatial Learning and Education
  7. 4. Reasoning with Diagrams: Toward a Broad Ontology of Spatial Thinking Strategies

    Mary Hegarty, Mike Stieff, and Bonnie Dixon

  8. 5. Spatial Ability and Learning from Visualizations in STEM Disciplines

    Scott R. Hinze, Vickie M. Williamson, Mary Jane Shultz, Ghislain Deslongchamps, Kenneth C. Williamson, and David N. Rapp

  9. 6. Can Humans Form Four-Dimensional Spatial Representations?

    Ranxiao Frances Wang

  10. III. Spatial Thinking and the Body
  11. 7. Embodiment as a Framework for Understanding Environmental Cognition

    David Waller

  12. 8. Enhancement of Spatial Processing in Sign-Language Users

    Evie Malaia and Ronnie B. Wilbur

  13. 9. What Do a Geologist's Hands Tell You? A Framework for Classifying Spatial Gestures in Science Education

    Kinnari Atit, Thomas F. Shipley, and Basil Tikoff

  14. 10. Using Spatial Strategies to Facilitate Skillful Wayfinding and Spatial Problem Solving: Implications for Education

    Alycia M. Hund

  15. IV. Spatial Thinking and Education
  16. 11. Spatial Learning in Higher Education

    Diana S. Sinton

  17. 12. Concepts and Principles for Spatial Literacy

    Karl Grossner and Donald G. Janelle

  18. 13. Cognition and Communication in Architectural Design

    Thora Tenbrink, Christoph Hölscher, Dido Tsigaridi, and Ruth Conroy Dalton

  19. 14. Exploring the Nature and Development of Expertise in Geography

    Roger M. Downs

  20. V. Epilogue
  21. 15. Learning to Live with Spatial Technologies

    Michael F. Goodchild

  22. 16. Teaching Space: What, How, and When

    Nora S. Newcombe

  23. Contributors
  24. Index