Spatial intelligence is crucial for success in many fields, ranging from science and engineering to construction and graphic design. Can we improve spatial skills? Experiments say yes. Learn what you can do to stimulate spatial awareness in both children and adults.
Visual-spatial development is the ability to understand how objects relate to each other spatially, and is one of the seven types of intelligence described by psychologist Howard Gardner in his book, "Frames of Mind" that describes Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences.
My co-author, Cindy Gennarelli and I are collecting photo documentation of explorations that focus on spatial development from a variety of early childhood settings and classrooms so that teachers and parents will better understand what spatial skills are and how best to support children as they engage in these explorations.
In addition, check out the writings of Nora S. Newcombe, a professor of cognitive development and expert in the development of spatial cognition. Her article “Picture this: Increasing math and science learning by improving spatial thinking" is a non-technical review for school teachers.
This chapter is a selective review of spatial development, stressing several points. First, we suggest that spatial development can be usefully considered to have two strands: (a) the development of intraobject (or intrinsic) representations along with the ability to transform them (e.g., in mental rotation) and (b) the development of interobject (or extrinsic) representations and the ability ...
According to various research papers, a lack of spatial awareness development has been shown to affect learning processes and development in children. For example, in one study the results showed that older children with lower spatial awareness levels also had a lower reading score more in line with children of a younger age than them.
Spatial Awareness and Disabilities Children who do not naturally develop spatial awareness may have a physical or learning disability that is precluding this development. For example, Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia both often manifest a lack of spatial awareness.
Spatial concepts such as a sense of distance are learned through movement and exploration which is the most effective way for children to gain body awareness and an understanding of spatial relationships. It simultaneously develops muscle strength, coordination, self-confidence, and thinking skills. Spatial awareness can be defined as
Want to nurture your child’s spatial intelligence? Here are five great activities to do exactly that. In the last post of this series about Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we learned how to identify the characteristics of the spatial intelligence. Is your child a spatial learner? Are you?
What Is Spatial Awareness in Children? ... The development of proper spatial awareness involves an understand of how the human body moves and the basic functions of its parts. Babies have little spatial awareness for this reason, though it is thought that everyone is born with a certain amount of innate spatial awareness. ...