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ERIC Number: ED479372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 135
Abstractor: N/A
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High School Students' Performance on Vandenberg's Mental Rotations Test: Art Ability, Gender, Activities, Academic Performance, Strategies, and Ease of Taking the Test.
Gurny, Helen Graham
This study tested whether mental rotation performance of 186 high school students (80 males and 106 females) in grades 9 through 12 in art and nonart classes on Vandenbergs Mental Rotations test (S. Vandenberg and Kuse, 1978) was affected by gender, visual-spatial activities, strategies used while performing the test, and the ease of test taking. The major findings were: (1) males outperformed females; (2) students scored higher if they participated in visual-spatial activities in their past; (3) specific strategies yielded higher test scores, such as the mental rotation of the whole figure, and not just a section of the figure; and (4) as the Mental Rotations Test scores improved, the perceived ease of taking the test increased. No significant relationships were found between test scores and art ability, body movement strategy, visual-spatial activities performed in the present, or reported best academic subject. An appendix describes the pilot study. (Contains 11 tables and 131 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Vandenberg Mental Rotations Test