SPATIAL STEM+C: USING SPATIAL REASONING TRAINING IN THE ELEMENTARY GRADES TO IMPROVE COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, MATHEMATICAL PERFORMANCE, AND EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE OUTCOMES
The goal of the Spatial STEM+C project is to iteratively develop and evaluate supplemental instructional activities that build early computational skills in elementary-aged children. The project is attempting to accomplish this goal by improving children’s innate capacities for spatial thinking. Formative evaluation conclusions from the curriculum development process and research findings from a comparison-group study will be used to refine the activities into a format that can be integrated into formal instruction at a partnering school district, disseminated and evaluated nationally, and built into in-service and pre-service teacher education programs at the University of Redlands in California.
Described in this presentation will be the results of pilot testing at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands, California, and Inland Leaders Charter School in Yucaipa, California. Plans for the comparison-group study to be conducted at Inland Leaders Charter School in project year 2 will also be outlined, as well as implications for geoscience education in the higher grades.