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The Intelligence of Observation: Improving High School Students' Spatial Ability by Means of Intervention Unit
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IJMEST Volume 44, Number 2, ISSN 0020-739X

Abstract

This case study of one class versus a control group focused on the impact of an intervention unit, which is not part of the regular curriculum, on the improvement of spatial ability of high school students (forty-six 12th-graders, aged 17-18, both boys and girls) in general as well as from a gender perspective. The study explored three sub-abilities: mental rotation (MR), spatial visualization (VS) and spatial orientation (SO). Findings indicated that the spatial orientation of the experimental group students had considerably improved. The findings also illustrated a significant gender-based advantage in favour of the boys in some of the spatial abilities even before the implementation of the intervention unit. The hypothesis relating to the reduction of the gender differences was not corroborated. (Contains 11 figures and 3 tables.)

Citation

Patkin, D. & Dayan, E. (2013). The Intelligence of Observation: Improving High School Students' Spatial Ability by Means of Intervention Unit. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44(2), 179-195. Retrieved November 27, 2022 from .

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