Visual-Spatial Thinking in Geometry and the Visual Arts

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The goal of this study, published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, was to investigate potential connections between the kind of visual-spatial thinking required in drawing and in geometric reasoning in students engaged in intensive study of either the visual arts or theater. Researchers tested ninth- and tenth-grade students' performance in geometric reasoning and on a new measure of artistic envisioning, which calls on visual-spatial thinking, as well as on standard spatial reasoning measures. The authors suggest that the overlap demonstrated between visual-spatial thinking in geometry and art could have educational implications for the teaching of geometry: development of visual-spatial thinking through the visual arts could support geometry learning for students who are not succeeding in mathematics classes.


Lynn T. Goldsmith, Craig Hoyle

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16 pp.
Journal cover