Students’ ability to solving mental rotation items

Gender perspective within disadvantaged community

Destina WINARTI, Sitti PATAHUDDIN

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Abstract

Studies about gender difference in mental rotation ability are well documented in the context of developed countries; though not in developing or low-income ones. This paper examined students’ mental rotation ability as a function of gender in a disadvantaged community in Indonesia. The Spatial Reasoning Instrument (SRI) was used to test 334 students aged 13-14 years old in an untimed test. The characteristics of the SRI items were analysed in relation to the gender difference. The results showed a significant difference in favour of males on both 2D and 3D mental rotation tasks. The effect of the task direction was mediated by gender; the girls performed significantly lower than boys for the task with an implicit direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages771-778
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd MERGA Conference 2019: Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019
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Conference42nd MERGA Conference 2019
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period30/06/194/07/19
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WINARTI, D., & PATAHUDDIN, S. (2019). Students’ ability to solving mental rotation items: Gender perspective within disadvantaged community. In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 771-778). Adelaide, Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.