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Visual-spatial Ability in STEM Education

Transforming Research into Practice

  • Myint Swe Khine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Myint Swe Khine
      Pages 3-8
  3. Measurement and Development of Spatial Ability

  4. Research and Practices in Spatial Ability

About this book


Each chapter in this book makes a unique contribution to the body of the literature and enhances the understanding of spatial ability and its influence on learning in the STEM disciplines. It addresses spatial abilities, ways to measure them as well as their impact and how they can affect learning subjects in scientific, technology and engineering domains. The volume deliberately covers a wide range perspectives from cognitive psychology, educational psychology, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, computer science, information technology disciplines to human development. Taking a broad view on the topic, chapters in the book discuss how to define spatial ability and its factors, the measurement of spatial ability and psychometric analyses, and educational strategies to improve spatial skills and their implications for science and technology education. The book thus provides an overview of current thinking about visual-spatial ability, spatial reasoning, and spatial skills.


spatial ability STEM education spatial reasoning spatial skills spatial cognition science education mathematics education engineering education technology education test development measurement spatial visualization visual cognition spatial training

Editors and affiliations

  • Myint Swe Khine
    • 1
  1. 1.Emirates College for Advanced EducationAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

About the editors

Dr. Myint Swe Khine is a Professor and Chair of Assessment and Evaluation Centre, Emirates College for Advanced Education, United Arab Emirates and Adjunct Professor at the Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He obtained Master degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, and Doctor of Science Education from Curtin University, Australia. Before joining ECAE, he worked at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has published widely and edited books on science education. Recent book Science Education in East Asia:  Pedagogical Innovations and Research-informed Practices is published by Springer in 2015.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Visual-spatial Ability in STEM Education
  • Book Subtitle Transforming Research into Practice
  • Editors Myint Swe Khine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-44384-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83045-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-44385-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 263
  • Number of Illustrations 72 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Psychology
    Mathematics Education
    Science Education
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“The eleven entries are divided in two sections, the first focusing on measurement and development of spatial ability, and the second on research and practice. … Visual-spatial Ability in STEM Education: Transforming Research into Practice is a good read for those interested in spatial reasoning research, for mathematics educators wanting to make an impact on children’s development of spatial reasoning, and for all who work with STEM students and programs.” (Cindia Davis Stewart, MAA Reviews,, July, 2017)