Powerful reforms in mathematics education: The perspective of developing countries on visuospatial reasoning in mathematics education

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Abstract

One of the strengths of Indigenous and in particular Papua New Guinea cultures has been the use of visuospatial reasoning. Decisions are made by mentally visualising spaces and relating visual imagery, spatial arrangements and relationships. This is developed by the on-going mathematical activities of the community especially those related to living and working with the land for survival and growth. School and academic systems frequently fail to make the most of these skills. However, there are new tools to assist school students to draw on visuospatial reasoning to solve problems and investigate phenomena that can be represented visuospatially. This article describes some examples of visuospatial reasoning in PNG contexts and illustrates how one system of dynamic geometry software, GeoGebra, has been used in situations similar to PNG. It is recommended for use in PNG and other places where indigenous knowledge's are strong and include visuospatial reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-116
Number of pages13
JournalSouth Pacific Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Volume2
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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