The Effect of Origami-Based Instruction on Elementary Students’ Spatial Ability in Mathematics

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In learning many topics of mathematics, spatial ability has an importance (Clements, 1998). By the changes on the elementary mathematics curriculum in Turkey, topics about spatial ability become prevalent and important issue in mathematics education. With these changes, new techniques like origami become popular in mathematics education. Although, origami used as an instructional tool in mathematics lessons, there is a lack of studies which mainly focus on origami and its effect on some abilities which are very important in learning mathematics. This study attempts to illuminate the effect of origami-based instruction on elementary school students’ paper folding test scores as spatial visualization ability. The study was conducted in a private school at spring semester of 2007-2008 academic year in Turkey. Thirty-seven fourth, fifth and sixth grade elementary school students participated in research study. In order to investigate the effect of origami-based instruction on students’ paper folding test, participants were given spatial ability test at two times. In other words, spatial ability test was applied as pre-test at the beginning of the implementation and as post-test at the end of the origami based treatment that prolongs eleven week. This study mainly focuses on the paper folding part of the spatial ability test. Data analysis revealed that origami based instruction has a significant effect on paper folding test.


Keywords: Origami-Based Instruction, Mathematics, Paper Folding Test, Spatial Ability, Elementary Students
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Sedanur Cakmak

Master Student, Elementary Science and Mathematics Education, Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

I completed my undergraduate degree in the Department of Elementary Mathematics Education at Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2006. Now, I pursue my master degree at the Department of Elementary Science and Mathemetics Education at METU. I am interested in origami and spatial ability, and I study the effect of origami based instruction on elementary elemantry school students’ spatial ability in mathematics in my master thesis study.

Mine Isiksal

Instructor, Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey


Yusuf Koc

Instructor, Faculty of Education, Indiana University Northwest
Northwest, Indiana, USA


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