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ERIC Number: EJ1151306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Promotion of Spatial Skills in Chemistry and Biochemistry Education at the College Level
Oliver-Hoyo, Maria; Babilonia-Rosa, Melissa A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n8 p996-1006 Aug 2017
Decades of research have demonstrated the correlation of spatial abilities to chemistry achievement and career selection. Nonetheless, reviews have highlighted the need and scarcity of explicit spatial instruction to promote spatial skills. Therefore, the goal of this literature review is to summarize what has been done during the past decade in chemistry and biochemistry education to promote spatial skills at the college level. In this review, we compare and contrast how these fields of study have used external representations and visualization tools in their instructional practices as well as the kinds of interventions and assessment efforts directed to promote and evaluate spatial skills. Our findings show that explicit instruction to promote spatial skills has been on the rise but not at the level of other cognitive skills. Therefore, implications for teaching and potential areas for investigation are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Vandenberg Mental Rotations Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE1500286