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Knowledge under construction : the importance of play in developing children's spatial and geometric thinking

Author: Daniel Ness; Stephen J Farenga
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2007.
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Knowledge Under Construction investigates how young children develop spatial, geometric, and scientific thinking skills--particularly those associated with architecture. Based on original research and analysis of videotapes of children's play with blocks, the authors' findings suggest that such play is anything but pointless. Their conclusions fill in gaps in our current understanding of how children learn to think  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ness, Daniel, 1966-
Knowledge under construction.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2007
(OCoLC)608153229
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Ness; Stephen J Farenga
ISBN: 9780742547889 0742547884 9780742547896 0742547892
OCLC Number: 76864003
Description: xxiii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Spatial, geometric, and architectural thinking : the big picture --
Developmental perspectives on spatial and geometric thinking --
Children as architects : the identification of architectural principles underlying young children's geometric constructions --
Contextual observation : the assessment for measuring spatial, geometric, and architectural thinking of young children (SPAGAR) --
Age, gender, and socioeconomic status factors in spatial, geometric, and architectural thinking --
Constructing alone : cases 1 and 2 --
Constructing interactively : cases 3 and 4 --
Beyond the blocks : implementing praxis.
Responsibility: Daniel Ness and Stephen J. Farenga.
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Examines young children's spatial and scientific thinking through their architectural constructions with Legos and blocks. This work provides coding system which allows teachers and parents to  Read more...

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For preschool educators as well as interested developmental researchers, Knowledge under Construction offers a succinct, useful introduction to the topic, delineating various aspects of spatial, Read more...

 
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