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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 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 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 The Center for Women & Information Technology: Mentoring Tool Kit

This document from The Center for Women and Information Technology at the University of Maryland outlines the program's mentoring program. Content of the report includes steps to a successful mentoring program, mentor and protege roles and responsibilities and a draft of a mentoring agreement. These materials would be useful for colleges looking to set up a similar program to encourage student...

View Resource The Maui County High School Technology Survey

This paper describes the Women in Technology Project's intervention efforts targeting women in high school, postsecondary education, and the workforce. This includes a survey of all junior and senior students at the Maui County high schools. The paper examines the results of this study including gender differences in perception of math, science, and computer education and technology. Among...

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