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IES Grant

Title: Learning From Symbolic Objects
Center: NCER Year: 2002
Principal Investigator: Uttal, David Awardee: Northwestern University
Program: Cognition and Student Learning      [Program Details]
Award Period: 3 years Award Amount: $548,525
Type: Exploration Award Number: R305H020088

The goal of these investigators is to determine whether experience with visually attractive concrete objects interferes with children's use of letters, numbers, and mathematical symbols.

Related IES Project: Understanding and Facilitating Symbolic Learning (R305H050059)


Book chapter

Uttal, D.H., and Meadow, N.G. (2013). The Psychology of Practice: Lessons From Spatial Cognition. In D. Reisberg (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology (pp. 874–885). New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

McNeil, N., Uttal, D.H., Jarvin, L., and Sternberg, R.J. (2009). Should you Show me the Money? Concrete Objects Both Hurt and Help Performance on Mathematics Problems. Learning and Instruction, 19(2): 171–184.

Sternberg, R. (2008). Applying Psychological Theories to Educational Practice. American Educational Research Journal, 45(1): 150–165.

Uttal, D.H., Fisher, J.A., and Taylor, H.A. (2006). Words and Maps: Developmental Changes in Mental Models of Spatial Information Acquired From Descriptions and Depictions. Developmental Science, 9(2): 221–235.

Uttal, D.H., Gentner, D., Liu, L.L., and Lewis, A.R. (2008). Developmental Changes in Children's Understanding of the Similarity Between Photographs and Their Referents. Developmental Science, 11(1): 156–170.

Uttal, D.H., Meadow, N.G., Tipton, E., Hand, L.L., Alden, A.R., Warren, C., and Newcombe, N.S. (2013). The Malleability of Spatial Skills: A Meta-Analysis of Training Studies. Psychological Bulletin, 139(2): 352–402.

Uttal, D.H., Miller, D.I., and Newcombe, N.S. (2013). Exploring and Enhancing Spatial Thinking Links to Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics?. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(5): 367–373.

Uttal, D.H., Sandstrom, L.B., Newcombe, N.S. (2006). One Hidden Object, two Spatial Codes: Young Children's use of Relational and Vector Coding. Journal of Cognition and Development, 7(4): 503–525.