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Many words have been used in the early childhood literature to describe spatial development, including such terms as spatial cognition, spatial literacy, spatial concepts, and spatial intelligence. Spatial development is often referred to and characterized in early childhood literature as the ability to problem solve operations. These operations are mental rotation, a spatial skill that involves thinking about objects in different spatially oriented ways (e.g., seeing wheels on gears go in different directions); perspective change (the visualization of objects from different perspectives such as producing a mental image of objects from two points of view), and coordinated use of space (coordinating how space is utilized in relation to another space such as organizing blocks in a given space); representation (depicting by image an object or ...

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