Original Articles

Facilitation of Spatial Orientation Among Adolescents from a Disadvantaged Background

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 19, issue 2, 2009 , pages: 243–245
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2009.10820286
Author(s): Chris MyburghUniversity of Johannesburg,, Marie PoggenpoelUniversity of Johannesburg,, Glen van der WesthuizenUniversity of Johannesburg,


The study investigated structural and shape recognition in two to three dimensions by adolescents from a historically disadvantaged neighbourhood. Data on the spatial orientation of grade eight learners in a specific school were collected using specifically adjusted and developed tests on two occasions (pre-test and post-test) and for an intervention (n= 29), a control (n=30) and a placebo group (n=24). Hypotheses concerning differences between the three pre-test groups (One way ANOVA) and the three post-test groups were tested. The results indicated that with stimulation, the development of two and three dimension perception was possible at a later stage in a human's life.

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