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Relationship between the ability to use viewer-centered representation and other spatial abilities in young children
preschool age children
Investigated the relationship between the ability to represent a spatial array separate from its surroundings and other spatial abilities in young children (aged 4-6 yrs). Ss were asked to reconstruct an array of objects after they had been rotated to face the opposite side of the room. Spatial abilities were assessed by Embedded Figures Test, left-right understanding, and viewer-centered drawing task. In the reconstructing tasks, Ss made egocentric (viewer-centered) and allocentric responses. However, the relationship between those responses and spatial abilities were not consistent. Results indicate that the ability to represent a spatial array is independent of examined spatial abilities and the difficulty of reconstruction lies in the coordination between egocentric and allocentric spatial frame of reference. The differences of spatial tasks are discussed in terms of navigability.
広島大学大学院教育学研究科紀要. 第三部, 教育人間科学関連領域