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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 18 (2014), No. 1, 125--132
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2014



Strategies for Assessing Spatial Ability Tasks

GŁnter Maresch
University of Education, Akademiestr. 23, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
guenter.maresch@phsalzburg.at



Even after almost exactly one hundred years, a clear-cut and valid analysis of spatial ability, acceptable to the academic community, does still not exist. The developmental concepts for factor-based psychometric spatial ability tests were designed with the intention of making the probands solve the tasks with homogeneous considerations. Research findings, however, indicate that the probands use many diverse strategies when solving spatial ability tasks. Such findings shift the emphasis of research among others to the use of the diverse strategies. Ever since Barrat many strategies have been identified and examined. This paper attempts to group the various strategies and systemize and describe them as the model of "the four pairs of strategies to solve spatial ability tasks".

Keywords: Spatial ability, strategies, pairs of strategies, factors of spatial ability.

MSC: 97U50

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