The relationship between play, spatial ability and maths in girls and boys (Oostermeijer, Boonen & Jolles, 2014)

A Dutch study of sixth-grade children, found that 38% of the variance in solving word-based maths problems is explained by a child’s spatial ability and their participation in constructive play (e.g. Lego, building blocks and jigsaw puzzles) (Oostermeijer, Boonen and Jolles, 2014, p. 1). More specifically, spatial ability explains 32%…
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