The ability to visualize in three dimensions is a cognitive skill that has been shown to be important for success in many STEM fields. For instance, in 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; however, a great deal of the previous work has been aimed at merely identifying differences. Sheryl Sorby’s research aims to identify practical methods for improving 3-D spatial skills, especially for female students. This presentation details the significant findings obtained over the past several years through this research and identifies strategies that appear to be effective in developing 3-D spatial skills and in contributing to student success.
Registration for this event ends Monday, April 17th.