Spatial Concept Perspectives

We have gathered ~300 excerpts from published works about fundamental spatial concept terms. These have been cross-referenced with the concept lexicon appearing on the left. Those terms were drawn from the U.S.National Science Education Standards (NSES 1996) for topic areas B - Physical Science, C - Life Science, D - Earth and Space Science, as well as from the 1994 U.S. Geography Teaching Standards for grades 9-12. Those standards can be browsed here.

spatial concept terms

disciplinary perspectives on "conduit"

circuits

A special case of container (q.v.) in which a closed path permits flow through a labyrinth, network or web and return. Examples include the circulatory systems of organisms and electronic devices.

Science Education

Mathewson, J. H. (2005)

The visual core of science: definition and applications to education

conduit

Pipes, tunnels, and shafts are found in both nature and technology. Specialized circulatory tissues in both plants and animals carry materials within organisms. Fossorial mammals dig burrows. By analogy electric power systems use conduits (conductors).

Science Education

Mathewson, J. H. (2005)

The visual core of science: definition and applications to education

conduit

[OED]: 4. fig. The channel or medium by which anything (e.g. knowledge, influence, wealth, etc.) is conveyed

Linguistics

OED Online (2nd Ed.)

Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition