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Author Ness, Daniel, 1966-

Title Knowledge under construction : the importance of play in developing children's spatial and geometric thinking / Daniel Ness and Stephen J. Farenga.

Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [2007]


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 UniM Giblin Eunson  155.413752 NESS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Spatial, geometric, and architectural thinking : the big picture -- Theoretical perspectives on spatial and geometric thinking -- Children as architects : the identification of architectural principles -- Contextual observation : measuring spatial and architectural thinking -- Age, gender, socioeconomic status factors in spatial thinking -- The young child building bridges : cases 1 and 2 -- The young child making space: cases 3 & 4 -- Beyond the blocks : implementing praxis.
Summary "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 spatially and scientifically even while challenging portions of that understanding, including some of Piaget's thesis about the primacy of topological space in children's learning."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Farenga, Stephen J., 1958-
Subject Cognition in children.
Play -- Psychological aspects.
Space perception in children.
Variant Title Importance of play in developing children's spatial and geometric thinking.
ISBN 9780742547889 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0742547884 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780742547896 (paperback: alk. paper)
0742547892 (paperback: alk. paper)