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Tes focus on…Spacial thinking

Being able to create and manipulate visualisations is key to learning, but underappreciated as a skill in the education system, finds Simon Creasey. Professor Dan Schwartz outlines the research and why he thinks teachers need to switch on to spatial skills

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The pages of most school textbooks are punctuated with maps, diagrams or sketches and there is a reason these “visualisations”, or “spatial representations”, are so widely used: they help people to understand and see the structure of things. It might be a difficult concept in science or geography, a problem in maths, or a complex family tree in a piece of literature being studied in English.

We also benefit from creating images in our minds, and manipulating and interpreting the visuals we produce in response to complex problems. This could include interpreting a diagram; imagining the ...

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