June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering Design Graphics
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Developing Spatial Skills across Multiple DisciplinesThe ability to manipulate and synthesize visual mental imagery is an important skill acrossmany disciplines, not just engineering. However, the engineering design graphics disciplineis perhaps somewhat undervalued in how it can help inform the development of spatial skillsin diverse disciplines such as science, humanities, and business.The research presented in this paper relates to the implementation of a spatial thinking coursein a multi-disciplinary pre-degree program at _______________. The pre-degree program isoffered to non-traditional students who wish to develop or refresh key learning skills, and toundertake foundation level academic studies prior to applying directly for a mainstreamdegree program. Students who take the program typically have low levels of previouseducation and come from disadvantaged backgrounds.Twenty-three students on the pre-degree program volunteered to take the optional spatialskills course. The students were specializing in different disciplines including; engineering,humanities, business, and science. The spatial skills course took place for two hours perweek over a ten week period. The Purdue Spatial Visualization Test of Rotations (PSVT:R)was administered to all participants at the start and end of the ten week course. Qualitativeresearch methods including surveys, interviews and observational protocols were utilized inorder to capture the participants’ learning experience.Significant gains in students’ spatial scores at the end of the study are discussed withparticular focus centering on the rich qualitative data gathered through the various appliedresearch methods. One of the most notable findings in the study details how students valuedtheir learning experience with rich accounts of how the intervention impacted on their studiesand daily lives. The paper concludes by discussing the implications for future research inengineering design graphics and its potential role in informing the design of curricula forother disciplines.
Lane, D., & Sorby, S. A. (2015, June), Blending a Spatial Skills Intervention into a Mainstream Technology Teacher Education Degree Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23625
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