THE GEOLOGIC BLOCK CROSS-SECTIONING TEST: INSIGHTS INTO THE NOVICE-EXPERT SPECTRUM IN VISUAL PENETRATIVE ABILITY
Ormand and Shipley have developed the Geologic Block Cross-sectioning Test to measure an individual’s visual penetrative ability. We have used this instrument to assess the visual penetrative thinking skills of undergraduate students and of petroleum industry employees . The results of these tests indicate significant differences (as would be expected) between the novice and expert populations in skill levels, but also in the kinds of errors they are most likely to make. The results also reveal significant differences within the professional population, according to gender and educational background.
The Geologic Block Cross-sectioning Test can be used to assess the relative sophistication of novices’ penetrative thinking, based on the number and types of their errors. It can also be used to assess the need for spatial visualization training and as a platform for discussion/training for industry professionals.