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Preliminary Validation of a Spatial Ability Instrument for the Blind and Low Vision

April 21, 2020 | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Public Programs

Spatial ability is an intelligence that has been shown to be particularly important in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Targeted spatial interventions have been shown to improve spatial ability and support the success of individuals in these fields. However, the blind and low vision community has largely been omitted from this research, in part because no accepted and validated assessment of spatial ability is accessible to this population. This paper describes the development and preliminary validation of a new spatial ability instrument that is designed to be accessible non-visually. Although additional work is needed to finalize the test, preliminary analysis indicates that the test has high reliability and validity.


  • Sarah Lopez
    Utah State University
  • Wade Goodridge
    Utah State University
  • Isaac Gougler
    Utah State University
  • Daniel Kane
    Utah State University
  • 2013 10 25 130226AJ5D1058 2
    Illinois State University
  • Citation

    DOI : 10.3102/1588199


    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1712887
    Funding Amount: $2,101,009.00
    Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Research Products | Conference Proceedings
    Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering
    Audience: Adults | Educators/Teachers | General Public | Learning Researchers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Undergraduate/Graduate Students
    Environment Type: Conferences | Summer and Extended Camps
    Access and Inclusion: People with Disabilities

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