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Development Of National Norm Tests For Engineering Graphics

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Curriculum Development in Graphics

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7.426.1 - 7.426.4



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John Demel

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Session 1338

Development of Nationally Normed Engineering Graphics Concepts and Skills Tests

John T. Demel, Frank M. Croft, and Frederick D. Meyers Engineering Graphics Section, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University


At the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference a paper was presented proposing a nationally normed test for engineering graphics. This test would be used to provide diagnostics to determine what students know when they enter college and could be used at the beginning and end of an introductory graphics course or set of courses to determine what has been learned. Such a test would allow faculty to determine the effectiveness of pedagogical changes. At the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference in Albuquerque and the subsequent Engineering Design Graphics MidYear meeting in Berkeley, two discussions were held. The results of these discussions indicated that there should be two tests. The first would be a multiple-choice test like the one developed by Sorby that could be available on the Web. The second would be one that would assess knowledge and skill in engineering graphics using taxonomy appropriate for Engineering Graphics. During the time between now and the Annual meeting two tests will be constructed and shared with the members of the EDG Division. Discussion at the 2002 ASEE meeting will be focused on getting the two tests into production for evaluation at different schools.


In a paper presented at the 2001 ASEE meeting in Albuquerque we proposed that the Engineering Graphics discipline needed to a nationally normed test to determine skill and knowledge before and after taking graphics courses 1. The Division currently has a test for visualization called the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Rotation2. This new test would a test similar to the multiple choice test developed by Sorby3 but would contain problems that required students to demonstrate skill and not just knowledge. The presentation and discussion at the 2001 Annual Conference and subsequent discussion indicated that there should be two tests. The first would be a multiple-choice test to be used as a placement test and pre- and post-test for educational research and development. The second test would provide an analysis of skills and knowledge at a higher level. As this set of tests is being discussed and developed, Clark and Scales have proposed that the field of Engineering Graphics needs its own taxonomy4. Bloom’s Taxonomy5 is well known for determining levels of knowledge but it does not fit the Engineering Graphics field very well. During the discussion at these two meetings there was general agreement about the list of topics that needed to be covered as proposed by Crittenden 6, Barr7, and Meyers8 and the work done by Clark and Scales 4.

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Demel, J. (2002, June), Development Of National Norm Tests For Engineering Graphics Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10777

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