Educational Research in Developing 3‐D Spatial Skills for Engineering Students

  title={Educational Research in Developing 3‐D Spatial Skills for Engineering Students},
  author={Sheryl A. Sorby},
  journal={International Journal of Science Education},
  pages={459 - 480}
  • S. Sorby
  • Published 1 February 2009
  • Education
  • International Journal of Science Education
The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in engineering and other technological fields. For engineering, the ability to mentally rotate 3‐D objects is especially important. Unfortunately, of all the cognitive skills, 3‐D rotation abilities exhibit robust gender differences, favoring males. The assessment of 3‐D spatial skills and associated gender differences has been a topic of educational research for nearly a century… 
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