Date of Award

Fall 1976

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Ivanoff, John

Second Advisor

DeRoche, Edward F.

Third Advisor



In recent years there has been a growing interest in the development of spatial cognition. Questions dealing with an order of succession or sequence in the child's understanding of spatial environment have been posed along with questions concerning the effect of such characteristics as sex, mental age, grade level, and the manner and degree of rotation of depicted test items have on spatial cognition. This sturdy attempted to relate these characteristics to success on a rotation-spatial orientation test and to relate success on the rotation-spatial orientation test to success on a test of recognition and identification of local landscape items. To accomplish these objective two tests were developed and administered to twenty-four randomly selected students from each of seven grades -- One through Seven -- in a selected public elementary school in the metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, yielding a sample of one hundred sixty-five. To test for significant differences between the effects of sex, mental age; and grade level a three factor analysis of variance was used. To test for the significance of the rotation of depicted items a three factor repeated measures on one factor analysis of variance was used. An analysis of the relationship between the rotation-spatial orientation test and the test for recognition was accomplished with a Pearson-Product moment Correlation and Chi-square tests...



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