This study investigated two questions: (a) Do individuals with distinct career orientations have different spatial reasoning abilities? (b) Is there a sex difference in the spatial reasoning abilities of people with a similar career orientation? A spatial visualization test was administered to university students enrolled in four different types of mathematics courses: calculus (n = 37), business statistics (n = 72), remedial mathematics (n = 58), and mathematics for elementary school teachers (n = 56). The examination covered four forms of spatial visualization. Comparisons of performance between groups and within groups (male vs. female) were made. The unexpected sex enrolled in the course (e.g., males in elementary education) scored higher than the expected sex on a majority of the variables. Sex differences were observed within each of the courses. On three of the four variables students in the calculus courses scored higher than students in the other courses.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1977|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
- Psychology (all)