Space as framework

: In Chapter 1, the committee defines spatial thinking as a constructive amalgam of three elements: concepts of space, tools of representation, and processes of reasoning. Space provides the conceptual and analytical framework within which data can be integrated, related,

A skilled spatial thinker…

A skilled spatial thinker is capable of detecting spatial patterns and regularities from a sparse, discontinuous, and error-laden data set. A skilled spatial thinker can depict and interpret spatial information despite noisy, ugly data. A skilled spatial thinker is also

Acquisition of expertise

: A model of the acquisition of expertise in spatial thinking involves at least four components: 1. Domain-specific long-term memory of patterns: in order to learn to identify patterns in a knowledge domain more rapidly and accurately, one needs to

Domain specificity

: The benefits of practicing spatial thinking initially tend to be domain specific, and as is the case for other forms of expertise, learning to think spatially is best conducted in the context of the types of materials one is