ERIC Number: ED255391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Spatial Ability in General Chemistry.
Carter, Carolyn S.; And Others
Preliminary work by Theresa McMillen and George Bodner has shown significant correlations between level of spatial visualization and orientation ability and success in a chemistry course designed for science and engineering majors. This study is an in-depth replication of McMillen's work with approximately 1600 science and engineering majors enrolled in a first semester general chemistry course and with about 800 students in a lower-level general chemistry course being examined. The latter course, designed for agriculture and nursing majors, was studied to determine whether spatial skills would be a more effective predictor of success in a chemistry course where lower levels of performance are expected, but also where student ability levels are generally lower. Sex differences in spatial ability and possible interactions between sex, spatial ability, and chemistry achievement were also examined. Among the findings are those showing that students with high spatial ability scores outperformed students with low spatial ability scores and that spatial ability is correlated with success in chemistry. Implications based on these and other findings for the teaching of science are discussed in relationship to recent data on the trainability of spatial skills. Eleven tables illustrating the results are included. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (58th, French Lick Springs, IN, April 15-18, 1985). For a related document, see SE 045 493.