The Relationship between Language and Spatial Ability

An Analysis of Spatial Language for Reconstructing the Solving of Spatial Tasks

  • Angel Mizzi

Part of the Essener Beiträge zur Mathematikdidaktik book series (EBM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-241

About this book


This work investigates how different fifth-grade students solve spatial-verbal tasks and the role of language in this process. Based on a synthesis of theoretical foundations and methodological issues for supporting the relationship between spatial ability and language, this present study examines and classifies strategies used by students as well as the obstacles they encounter when solving spatial tasks in the reconstruction method.


  • Theoretical Framework
  • Design and Implementation
  • Results and Discussion from the Inductive Data Analyses

Target Groups

  • Scholars and students of mathematics education
  • Teachers of mathematics in primary and secondary schools

About the Author
Angel Mizzi works as a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he has successfully completed his PhD studies in mathematics education.


Spatial language Metaphors Problem solving Reconstruction method Geometry communication Spatial ability Mathematics Education Strategies Spatial knowledge Spatial Tasks Manipulatives Qualitative Research Spatial reasoning

Authors and affiliations

  • Angel Mizzi
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  1. 1.Fakultät für Mathematik - Didaktik der MathematikUniversität Duisburg-Essen EssenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer Spektrum, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-20631-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-20632-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-3169
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-3177
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