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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 17 (2013), No. 2, 237--250
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2013

Spatial Ability -- The Phases of Spatial Ability Research

GŁnter Maresch
University of Education, Akademiestr. 23, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

The article first of all illustrates the historic implementation of spatial ability as an aspect of intelligence, then describes the factors which have been identified as constituting spatial ability and its historic genesis, and finally takes a look at the present discussion on the subject of factors of spatial ability, small-scale and large-scale tasks, mental imagery, working memory and problem solving strategies.

Keywords: Spatial ability, visualization, spatial perception, spatial relations, mental rotation, spatial orientation, working memory, mental imagery, small-scale and large-scale tasks, dynamic spatial ability.

MSC: 97U50

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