ERIC Number: ED238349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Verbal, Numerical and Perceptual Skills Related to Chemistry Achievement.
Bodner, George M.; And Others
The relationship between students' relative ability in visual-spatial tasks as well as their verbal and numerical skills to their performance in an introductory college chemistry course was investigated. For 700 subjects, verbal and mathematics Scholastic Aptitude Test scores (SAT-V) and (SAT-M) and the following four perceptual tests were assessed: a shortened version of the Purdue Visualization of Rotations Test (ROT), the Find-A-Shape-Puzzle (FASP), an embedded figures test (EMBF) that is part of a motion picture test, and a successive figures test (SUCF) that is also part of a motion picture test. In addition, chemistry achievement subscores were calculated from regularly administered chemistry course examinations. Results indicated a fair amount of colinearity among math scores and the tests of visualization. Males did significantly better than females on the SAT-M, the ROT test, the FASP test, three chemistry achievement subscores, and the total chemistry score. A comparison of students with low and high visualization scores revealed significant differences among females on all chemistry achievement measures and on the SAT scores. The findings suggest that visualization skills play a role in chemistry achievement and that visualization skills may be more important in this context for women than for men. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 1983).