ERIC Number: ED358951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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The Relation between Preschoolers' Everyday Activities and Spatial Ability.
Newcombe, Nora; Sanderson, Hal L.
Focusing on activity preferences at home rather than activity preferences in nursery school, this study examined the relationship between preschoolers' daily activities and spatial abilities. Parents of 52 preschoolers recorded their children's home activities for 7 days. Children were given three measures of spatial ability and one vocabulary measure. Activities were categorized as being spatial, non-spatial, or undetermined, and as masculine, feminine, or neutral. Results indicated a positive relation between neutral activities (e.g. art activities, board games, swimming) and a composite spatial score for both boys and girls. Results also showed a negative relation between masculine activities (e.g. playing with action figures, playing ball, vehicles, and sports) and the composite spatial score for girls. No relation was found between spatial ability and spatial activities, and no differences were found between boys and girls on measures of spatial and verbal ability. However, boys did participate more in spatial activities. Sociocultural influences on spatial ability may be more important in explaining within-sex than between-sex variation. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Family Environment, Females, Males, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Sex Differences, Social Influences, Spatial Ability, Verbal Ability
Nora Newcombe, Department of Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA.
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