Children's construction task performance and spatial ability: controlling task complexity and predicting mathematics performance.

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Richardson, Miles, Hunt, Thomas E. and Richardson, Cassandra 2014. Children's construction task performance and spatial ability: controlling task complexity and predicting mathematics performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills. https://doi.org/10.2466/22.24.PMS.119c28z8
AuthorsRichardson, Miles, Hunt, Thomas E. and Richardson, Cassandra
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This paper presents a methodology to control construction task complexity and examined the relationships between construction performance and spatial and mathematical abilities in children. The study included three groups of children (N = 96); ages 7-8, 10-11, and 13-14 years. Each group constructed seven pre-specified objects. The study replicated and extended previous findings that indicated that the extent of component symmetry and variety, and the number of components for each object and available for selection, significantly predicted construction task difficulty. Results showed that this methodology is a valid and reliable technique for assessing and predicting construction play task difficulty. Furthermore, construction play performance predicted mathematical attainment independently of spatial ability.

KeywordsMathematics; Spatial memory; Construction tasks; Adolescent; Child; Cognition; Female; Great Britain; Humans; Male; Space Perception; Task Performance and Analysis
Year2014
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
ISSN0031-5125
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2466/22.24.PMS.119c28z8
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/579593
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