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Knowledge under Construction: The Importance of Play in Developing Children’s Spatial and Geometric Thinking


reviewed by Betty Ruth Baker — April 16, 2008

coverTitle: Knowledge under Construction: The Importance of Play in Developing Children’s Spatial and Geometric Thinking
Author(s): Daniel Ness and Stephen J. Farenga
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742547892, Pages: 257, Year: 2007
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This book is an investigation of how young children develop spatial, geometric and scientific thinking. It explores the concept of young children as architects and uncovers architectural principles underlying their geometric constructions. Principally, Ness and Farenga directly and indirectly study young children playing with blocks as they explore their spatial, geometric and architecturally related creativity during their free play experiences. Ness and Farenga begin with a comprehensive review of original research associated with the study of space and geometric thinking to enhance the reader’s understanding of the book’s content. Further, they undertake a detailed study of the role of blocks in the play experience and relate it to an original system of measurement to categorize behavior at play. This provides the reader an opportunity to enhance his/her understanding of spatial and geometric thinking along with emergent architectural concepts. In their study, moreover, the authors include definitions of terms related to space and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 16, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15211, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 12:38:23 AM

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