
Journal for Geometry and Graphics 16 (2012), No. 2, 247256 Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2012 Relationship Between Strategies Used to Solve Spatial Orientation Problems and Examination Scores in Descriptive Geometry Kumiko Shiina The National Center for University Entrance Examinations, Komaba 21923, MeguroKu, Tokyo 1538501, Japan shiina@rd.dnc.ac.jp A spatial orientation problem (SOproblem), which was developed to evaluate noncurriculumbased ability, was administered to freshmen prior to a course of descriptive geometry (DG course) together with the Mental Cutting Test (MCT). In the SOproblem, several statements concerning the direction of walking and the angle of turning are given, and examinees are asked to identify the direction the person was or was not walking in at a certain point in the sequence. This paper focusses on the relationship between the SOproblem scores from a termend test of the DG course. There was no significant relationship between the scores of the SOproblem and those of any problems of the DG termend test. However, the correlation between scores from the MCT and those from the DG termend test was significant. This suggests that abilities evaluated by the SOproblem differ from those evaluated by the MCT. Keywords: Spatial ability, solving strategy, graphic education. MSC: 97G80 [ Fulltextpdf (115 KB)] for subscribers only. 