ERIC Number: ED421337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Spatial Ability, Gender, and the Ability To Visualize Anatomy in Three Dimensions.
Provo, Judy A.; Lamar, Carlton H.; Newby, Timothy J.
This research aims to devise an intervention that can enhance three-dimensional anatomical understanding and develop testing instruments that can be used to measure this understanding. First year veterinary medicine students (N=62) participated in a study that explored: (1) whether participants who use a cross section for learning the anatomy of the canine head have a better understanding of the three-dimensional locations and relationships of structures in the head than students who only perform dissection; (2) if those who use a cross section for learning the anatomy of the canine head can better visualize three-dimensional anatomy in other areas of the body; and (3) whether female participants perform as well as their male counterparts on measures designed to assess spatial ability of three-dimensional anatomical understanding. No statistically significant gender or group differences in the means for the anatomical covariates were found in the analysis. (Contains 51 references.) (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).