ERIC Number: ED298252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: 0
Spatial Reasoning and Adults.
La Pierre, Sharon D.; Fellenz, Robert A.
This monograph contains two studies in which the notion of intelligence as one general basic ability is rejected and in its place is posited the existence of a specific type of mental ability described as "spatial intelligence.""Spatial Reasoning and Its Measurement" investigates the process of spatial reasoning in the adult through an analysis of the level of manipulation of abstract mental imagery by assessing a "doodle" activity. Study results indicate that spatial reasoning is highly related to figural structures that allow for the mental manipulation of abstract mental imagery as a reasoning faculty. "Stylistic Independence in Art: Doodling as an Indicator of Idiosyncratic Expressiveness" presents a conceptual framework that characterizes doodle activity in adults as a consistency of figural relationships resulting in an artistic style. Results of a study reveal that the practice of graphic activity produces an individual artistic perspective, expressed in consistent figural markings, that links the activity of doodling to artistic development. Appendixes include a measurement scale for the spatial manipulation of abstract mental imagery and a classification of doodles. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Center for Adult Learning Research.
Note: Papers developed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Adult Learning Research.