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Spatial Thinking

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Spatial thinking is thinking that finds meaning in the shape, size, orientation, location, direction or trajectory, of objects, processes or phenomena, or the relative positions in space of multiple objects, processes or phenomena. Spatial thinking uses the properties of space as a vehicle for structuring problems, for finding answers, and for expressing solutions (National Research Council, 2006).

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Object Space

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Context Space

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Spatial Dynamics

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Spatial Relationships

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Spatial Reasoning

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National Research Council, Learning to Think Spatially, Washington, D.C., National Academies Press, 2006.

Spatial Thinking in Geosciences, Carleton College, Science Education Resource Center, website accessed on May 30, 2017.