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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 19 (2015), No. 1, 133--157
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2015

How to Develop Spatial Ability? Factors, Strategies, and Gender Specific Findings

GŁnter Maresch
University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

The article discusses the results of the analyses of the spatial ability project GeodiKon. 903 students took part in this project in which the major aim was to find out whether the training of each factor of spatial ability and of a repertoire of strategies for solving spatial tasks will lead to an improvement of spatial ability. It will refer to the findings regarding the use of different strategies for solving spatial tasks, promising strategies for solving spatial tasks, and gender specific results.

Keywords: Spatial ability, strategies, gender-sensitivity, visualization, spatial relations, mental rotation, spatial orientation, holistic strategy, analytical strategy, spatial thinking, planar thinking, move self, move object, falsifying strategy, verifying stra

MSC: 97G80; 51N05, 97G80

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