RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 63674143 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=3378043 T1 Learning to think spatially. PB National Academies Press PP Washington, D.C. YR 2006 SN 0309531918 9780309531917 AB Examines how spatial thinking might be incorporated into existing standards-based instruction across the school curriculum. Spatial thinking must be recognized as a fundamental part of K 12 education and as an integrator and a facilitator for problem solving across the curriculum. With advances in computing technologies and the increasing availability of geospatial data, spatial thinking will play a significant role in the information-based economy of the twenty-first century. Using appropriately designed support systems tailored to the K 12 context, spatial thinking can be taught formally to all students. A geographic information system (GIS) offers one example of a high-technology support system that can enable students and teachers to practice and apply spatial thinking in many areas of the curriculum.