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Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities

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McNulty, Kathleen Patricia
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The purpose of this study is to summarize past research concerning gender differences in spatial abilities through the use of a detailed meta-analysis. Many investigators have claimed that there is a significant gender difference in spatial abilities which favors males; however, no study to date has established what is the nature and magnitude of gender differences in spatial abilities across all of the domains that encompass spatial ability. Over 676 articles were reviewed for inclusion within the meta-analysis. Seventy-three articles were considered for statistical analysis after considering the inclusion criteria. The results indicate that males demonstrate greater spatial abilities than females across all of the domains that comprise the ability. Finally, I review the impact of these results in the context of enduring educational and occupational issues regarding gender. Key Words: Gender Differences, Sex Differences, Spatial Abilities
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2007-12-17
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