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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition$
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Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.001.0001

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Spatial Tools for Mathematical Thought

Spatial Tools for Mathematical Thought

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(p.41) 3 Spatial Tools for Mathematical Thought
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The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition
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Kelly S. Mix (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553242.003.0003

Educators have long advocated the use of concrete models to teach mathematics. The impetus was to make abstract concepts accessible to young learners. However, research on their efficacy has been inconclusive. This chapter re-examines the potential utility of concrete models by analyzing the cognitive mechanisms they might engage. The analysis is framed in terms of embodiment and perception-action.

Keywords:   elementary education, mathematics, concrete models, embodiment, perception‐action

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