June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Engineering Design Graphics
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Spatial Ability Measurement in an Introductory Graphic Communications CourseAbstract Research about spatial ability indicated no consensus has been reached onwhich test(s) are considered accurate and the most commonly used in areasassociated with engineering and technical visualization. A literature review ofspatial ability testing produced a list of 24 tests that was used in a survey ofEDGD members to identify their preferred tests. The top three identified testswere the Mental Cutting Test (MCT), Mental Rotations Test (MRT), and PurdueSpatial Visualization Test: Visualization of Rotations (PSVT: VR). During thespring of 2012, data were collected from three sections of an introductorygraphics course at a large university in the Southeastern United States. Dataincluded scores from the MCT, MRT and PSVT:VR and participant demographicinformation used in this research. This study examined correlations between thethree identified tests, the measurement of spatial ability between novice andexperienced spatial ability learners, and recommendations for further research.The correlation results were positive between spatial tests although varied incorrelation strength (strength of linear association). These results are similar toother reported correlation findings. The spatial learner results show experiencedlearners have higher spatial ability scores on the three spatial ability tests thannovice learners. It is the hope of the researchers that this study will start theinquiry into which visualization tests are best used in determining visualcapabilities for students taking our classes.
Kelly, W. F., & Branoff, T. J., & Clark, A. C. (2014, June), Spatial Ability Measurement in an Introductory Graphic Communications Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23028
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