BiographyDaniel Ness, Professor of STEAM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at St. John's University, holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Ness specializes in spatial development and cognition in STEAM curriculum from birth through adolescence. He has also developed assessment techniques for diagnosing mathematical and scientific thinking. In addition, Dr. Ness has authored numerous articles on mathematics development and spatial and geometric thinking. He is the author of Spatial Intelligence: Why It Matters from Birth through the Lifespan (Routledge), which appeared in 2017, and Block Parties: Identifying Emergent STEAM Thinking through Play (Routledge) in 2021.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Development of spatial thinking; Development of mathematical thinking; Affordances with visuo-spatial constructive play objects