Spatial skills predict success and persistence in a variety of STEM fields at a variety of ages. However, progress in understanding and using this information is hampered by a lack of consensus regarding how and why different spatial tests measure different abilities. We lack a clear taxonomy regarding the dimensions of spatial abilities and their relation to spatial tests. The proposed conferences will engender this consensus by bringing together researchers from cognitive science, psychometrics, and two general problems that we will address in the proposed research. We will systematically develop a consensus statement regarding what is known about spatial abilities, spatial tests, and their relation to STEM. The conferences will lead to a theoretical review and explication of taxonomies of spatial abilities, and a roadmap report that summarizes the most important next steps for research and development of spatial tests.
|Effective start/end date||9/1/21 → 3/31/23|
- National Science Foundation (DRL 2135743)
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