New York, New York
November 1, 2019
November 1, 2019
November 30, 2019
Spatial ability has been identified as a key indicator of success in an engineering degree program. At our university, we have implemented a first-year program aimed at identifying and helping students with low spatial ability through a spatial skills workshop. Spatial ability of all first-year engineering students is assessed by the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Rotations (PSVT:R). Generally students who complete a short 4-week spatial skills workshop see a significant increase in test score, pre- vs. post-workshop. But are these immediate gains in spatial skills retained? Or do spatial skills require constant practice to be maintained? In this study, we are also interested in comparing the PSVT:R scores of first-year and graduating (senior) engineering students in order to determine whether spatial ability improves, remains the same, or worsens over the course of their engineering degree program.
Fontaine, M. (2019, November), A comparison of spatial ability in first-year and graduating students in a 4-year engineering degree program (WIP) Paper presented at 2019 Fall Mid Atlantic States Conference, New York, New York. https://peer.asee.org/33797
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