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ERIC Number: ED451064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar-23
Pages: 15
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How Gender and College Chemistry Experience Influence Mental Rotation Ability.
Brownlow, Sheila; Miderski, Carol Ann
Deficits in spatial abilities, particularly Mental Rotation (MR), may contribute to women's avoidance of areas of study (such as chemistry) that rely on MR. Those women who do succeed in chemistry may do so because they have MT skills that are on par with their male peers. We examined MR ability on 12 items from the Vandenberg and Kuse MR test (1978) in a group of male and female students with advanced chemistry background and no college chemistry experience. Students with chemistry experience got more items right and were less likely to omit correct items than those without similar academic background, and men with chemistry training made wrong choices less often than men without chemistry experience. Contrary to most findings in this area, no overall gender differences emerged. These findings suggest that MR skill can either lead women and men to pursue chemistry, or that experience with chemistry may develop and hone that skill. (Contains 29 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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