ERIC Number: EJ924183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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Reference Count: 102
Spatial Ability: Its Influence on Learning with Visualizations--A Meta-Analytic Review
Hoffler, Tim N.
Educational Psychology Review, v22 n3 p245-269 Sep 2010
This meta-analytical review focuses on the role of spatial ability when learning with pictorial visualizations. By means of selective theoretical review and meta-analysis (the latter regarding 27 different experiments from 19 studies), several sub-factors of spatial ability are considered as well as dynamic and non-dynamic, interactive and non-interactive visualizations. An overall effect of r = 0.34 (95%-CI 0.28 to 0.39) demonstrating a medium advantage for high-spatial-ability learners when working with visualizations is calculated. More importantly, two moderators could be identified: Learners with low spatial ability can be significantly supported by a dynamic instead of a non-dynamic visualization as well as by 3d- instead of 2d-illustrations. Results are discussed in consideration of contemporary theories of multimedia learning.
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Meta Analysis, Visualization, Pictorial Stimuli, Multimedia Instruction, Role, Illustrations, Learning Theories
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