A new article by Nora Newcombe of Temple University and the SILC Initiative, Picture This: Increasing Math and Science Learning by Improving Spatial Thinking appears in the Summer 2010 issue of American Educator. You can download it from that journal’s web site. The article directly links cognitive psychologists’ studies of spatial ability with a set of explicit and practical recommendations for teachers to improve the spatial thinking ability of their preschool and elementary school students, whatever their ability level. Highly recommended!


Nora S. Newcombe is a professor of psychology at Temple University and the principal investigator of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (which is funded by the National Science Foundation). She has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. She is also a past president of the Developmental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association.