Spatial Thinking is arguably one of the most important ways of thinking for a student to develop. This report synthesizes spatial thinking research with respect to mapping concepts and skills. The review includes a summary of over 80 articles, book chapters and books from the most prominent researchers in spatial thinking, geography and earth science. In addition, the 2006 report, Learning to Think Spatially (NRC, 2006) and the UCSB websites www.spatial.ucsb.edu and teach spatial.org were key resources in the review.
Report Prepared by Audrey Mohan and Lindsey Mohan (2013) on behalf of the National Geographic Network of Alliances for Geographic Education with funding by the National Geographic Education Foundation.