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View Resource A Plea for Spatial Literacy

This report from Nora Newcombe, which originally appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, looks at the importance of spatial reasoning. The author makes the argument that education in the United States should focus more heavily on improving student spatial skills, as these skills are widely applicable, particularly in respect to the STEM disciplines. She also discusses sex and socioeconomic...

View Resource Spatial Ability Development in the Geosciences

This poster from Tammy K. Baldwin and Michelle Hall Wallace introduces an experiment which aimed "to evaluate change in students' spatial skills as a result of completing an earth science course." The study results show "an improvement in spatial skills for all groups after completing the science course." Results of the basic spatial relations test and a spatial orientation test are included...

View Resource Playing an Action Video Game Reduces Gender Differences in Spatial Cognition

This paper from Jing Feng, Ian Spence and Jay Pratt discusses gender differences in spatial cognition. The team "found that playing an action video game can virtually eliminate this gender difference in spatial attention and simultaneously decrease the gender disparity in mental rotation ability, a higher-level process in spatial cognition." Two spatial reasoning experiments are described in the...

View Resource Gender Differences in Spatial Reasoning Skills and their Effects on Success and Retention in Engineering Programs

This presentation from Sheryl A. Sorby of Michigan Technological University discusses gender differences in spatial reasoning skills, and the effects of these differences on success and retention in engineering programs. Sorby asks the question: If spatial skills are critical to success in engineering, will women who lack these skills become discouraged and drop out of engineering as a result?...

View Resource Alphatome: Enhancing Spatial Reasoning

This article from Elizabeth E. LeClair highlights a spatial reasoning exercise and the importance of spatial reasoning ability in many scientific disciplines. The author touches on her own pedagogical experience and how she witnessed her students struggle with spatial reasoning. The article goes on to include details on a 90-minute lab session which is intended to improve spatial reasoning skills...

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