ERIC Number: ED358016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Issues of Gender in Spatial Reasoning.
La Pierre, Sharon D.
This paper highlights issues concerning the relationship between spatial reasoning and gender differences. It is noted that spatial reasoning can take on many different forms of expression, from geometric formations to abstract expressive creations. The definition of spatial reasoning for research purposes has been limited to a logical concept of reasoning. Thus, expressive spatial thought processes are excluded from existing interpretations of the subject. Summaries of some of the research on spatial reasoning and gender differences is presented. Four main areas of research are discussed: brain hemispheric specialization, sex hormones, the linking of sex and cultural practices, and research practices. The research tasks traditionally used in this field of study indicate that gender differences do appear with the performance of some tasks. In general the evidence indicates that females are more verbally acute than males, and sex differences are manifested in some tasks in regard to quantitative ability. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Art Education Association (Chicago, IL, 1993).