Spatial language and gesture

Spatial language and Gesture are two forms of spatial communication. Spatial language includes terms such as “in”, “on”, “left”, “right” and “under”. Gesture is a form of non-verbal communication that uses action to convey meaning. Within the lab we investigate the development of spatial language, and the use of spatial language and gesture as tools to enhance learning particularly in mathematics and science domains. 

Spatial reasoning toolkit: Click here to view our spatial reasoning toolkit. In collaboration with the Early Childhood Maths Group, we summarise recent international research into the development of spatial reasoning from birth to seven years of age and have developed this into a trajectory of early learning experiences. The toolkit, which also includes videos, posters and spatial book lists, aims to clarify the mathematics in early spatial experiences, suggesting what to emphasise in order to support the development of children’s spatial reasoning in sensitive, appropriate and playful ways.

Research projects

Active projects

Start date: February 2023

End date: February 2024

Completed projects

Start date: 2015

End date: 2015

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