ERIC Number: ED222418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Geography: The Science Most Affected by Existing Sex-Dimorphic Cognitive Abilities.
Maddux, Jeffrey Dean
Although the most desired attributes of a geographer are spatial perception and verbal ability, research reveals that each sex consistently demonstrates superiority in only one of the abilities. In the United States females score significantly higher in verbal abilities and males score significantly higher in spatial abilities. The differences are attributed either to cultural or physiological causes; in either case the possibility of effecting change is remote. The implications for the discipline of geography are far reaching. One must question whether geography is destined to remain a small science because of the lack of people who possess the appropriate dual cognitions. Geographers must be concerned with whether one of these abilities is more important than the other and whether geography has a lower potential for producing top quality work than other sciences. Finally, although geographers must look for those few individuals with a high degree of verbal and spatial ability, they must also be aware that learning experiences can modify existing situations. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (San Antonio, TX, April 25-28, 1982).