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Education for Spatial Thinking part of SERC Print Resource Collection
L. S. Liben
This chapter argues for the importance of spatial thinking and hence spatial education, particularly for the sciences. It reviews theoretical approaches to the development of spatial cognition, group ...

Using Mobile Mapping to Determine Rates of Meander Migration in an Undergraduate Geomorphology Course part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Kirsten Menking, Meg E. Stewart
Students in an undergraduate geomorphology course used tablet computers equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to map the current ...

Spatial Metaphor in Temporal Reasoning part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Dedre Gentner
Abstract from this book chapter: We often talk about time in terms of space: of looking forward to a brighter tomorrow, of troubles that lie behind us, or of music that played all through the night. ...

A Multi-Week Basin-Analysis Lab for Sedimentary Geology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
G.S. Soreghan, M.J. Soreghan

Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Robert Shepard, Jacqueline Metzler
This study shows that the time to recognize that two-dimensional perspective drawings portray a three-dimensional object increases linearly with the number of angular rotations required to portray ...

Effect of Type of Practice in a Computer Aided Design Environment in Visualizing Three-Dimensional Objects from Two-Dimensional Orthographic Projections part of SERC Print Resource Collection
R. Duesbury, H. O'Neil
This study to determine the effect of practice in manipulating two- and three-dimensional wireframe images on a learner's ability to visualize 3D objects shows that those who received practice ...

Enhancing the Visuo-Spatial Aptitude of Students part of SERC Print Resource Collection
T. Lord

Spatial Ability, Navigation Strategy and Geographic Knowledge Among Men and Women part of SERC Print Resource Collection
J. Dabbs Jr., E. L. Chang, R. Strong, R. Milun
This study tested the differences in navigation strategy and geographic knowledge between men and women. Men proved to be better than women in mental rotation skill, but men and women were equal in ...


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