Spatial literacy will play an increasingly important role in today's information-based economy, and it should be incorporated into K-12 instruction, according to a recent report from the National Research Council (NRC), part of the National Academy of Sciences. The report recommends that schools use geographic information system (GIS) software, among other tools and methods, to help students practice and apply spatial thinking across all areas of the curriculum.

Currently, spatial thinking is "not systematically instructed in the K-12 curriculum, despite its fundamental importance," the report notes, calling this omission "a major blind spot in the American educational system."

The report defines spatial...

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