
06304588
j
2014d.00224
Kurtulus, Ayta\c c
Yolcu Belma
A study on sixth grade Turkish students' spatial visualization ability.
Math. Educ. (Athens) 22, No. 2, 82117 (2013).
2013
Mathematics Education Student Association (MESA), College of Education (COE), Mathematics \& Science Education, University of Georgia (UGA), Athens, GA
EN
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research
grade 6
spatial ability
cognitive ability
visualization
unit cubes
perspective views
block of cubes test
solid geometry
counting visible faces
tests
interviews
misconceptions
student errors
keeping track of counting
problem solving strategies
symmetry
http://tme.coe.uga.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2013/03/6_222_Kurtulus.pdf
Summary: The aim of this study is to evaluate sixthgrade Turkish students' spatial visualization ability and to determine the strategies that students employ and the mistakes that they make while solving the problems requiring spatial reasoning. Therefore, the study examined the following achievements: visualizing different view images of threedimensional structures made from unit cubes, interpreting twodimensional pictorial representations of threedimensional objects and finding the faces of the cube. In this study, spatial visualization behaviors were limited to the achievements covered by the Turkish primary education mathematics curriculum. Data were collected by means of the block of cubes test, which was designed to measure student achievements about the ability to mentally visualize differentperspective views of threedimensional structures made from unit cubes, to interpret twodimensional pictorial representations of threedimensional structures and to find the visible faces of the cube. The findings were based on the scores received by a total of 60 participant students from this test and the clinical interviews conducted with 21 students chosen randomly among the participants in order to identify the challenges experienced by them in the test.