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Assessment of Spatial Visualization Skills in Freshman SeminarThis paper presents an attempt to assess the spatial visualization skills of first year freshmanengineering students. A freshman seminar course is offered at the University of South Alabamafor first time engineering students that assist with maximizing the student’s potential to achieveacademic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challengespresented by college life. The objective of introducing the spatial visualization component in thefreshman seminar course is to provide the incoming engineering students the prerequisite spatialskills and help them succeed in their subsequent engineering courses. The Purdue SpatialVisualization Test: Rotations (PSVT:R) was administered as a pretest to assess the spatialvisualization skills of the students in the beginning of Fall semester of 2012. Brief lectures alongwith a set of computer based exercises were used as the instructional tools to improve the spatialvisualization skills of the students. A comprehensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation willbe conducted at the end of the semester to assess if the students enjoyed their lessons on spatialvisualization, and if the instructions improved the spatial visualization skills of the students,especially who did not do well in the pretest. The paper also intends to investigate the role ofspatial ability of students in choices of engineering major by gender.
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