Spatial Ability and Earth Science Conceptual Understanding
Alice A. (Jill) Black September 2005 Journal of Geoscience Education v53 n4 p402

Relatively little research has considered the relationship of spatial abilities with common misconceptions and broader conceptual difficulties in the Earth sciences. This article from the Journal of Geoscience Education suggests that an opportunity may exist to improve Earth science conceptual understanding by focusing on spatial abilities or the spatial aspects of concepts. Types of spatial ability tested included mental rotation, spatial perception, and spatial visualization.


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Subject: Education, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Opinion, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work, Pedagogic Resources:Research Results, Journal Article
Research on Learning: Geoscience Expertise:Geologic Time, Spatial Intelligence, Geoscience Expertise:Complex Systems, Cognitive Domain:Misconceptions/barriers to learning
Topics: Earth surface:Sedimentary Geology, Earth surface, Solid Earth, Time/Earth History, Education