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Arithmetic, working memory, and visuospatial imagery abilities in children with poor geometric learning

Bizzaro, M, Giofré, D, Girelli, L and Cornoldi, C (2018) Arithmetic, working memory, and visuospatial imagery abilities in children with poor geometric learning. Learning and Individual Differences, 62. pp. 79-88. ISSN 1041-6080

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Abstract

Many children fail in geometric learning, but factors underlying these failures have not been explored in detail. The present study addresses this issue by comparing fifth and sixth-grade children who had good or poor geometric learning, and were otherwise comparable on verbal intelligence, gender and age. Results showed that children with poor geometric learning have deficits in both arithmetic and geometric problem solving but they are more impaired in the latter. Results also showed that poor geometric learners have weaknesses in working memory, calculation, and visuospatial mental imagery. The results from logistic regressions pointed out that mental imagery skills and arithmetic problem solving ability had the highest discriminatory power in distinguishing between the two groups. Theoretical and practical implications of this research for designing interventions to help poor geometric learners are discussed. © 2018 Elsevier Inc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies In Education, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 11:59
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 05:26
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.lindif.2018.01.013
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8141

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