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Spatial Visualization Ability and Learning Style Preference Assessment Among Construction Related Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Students

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

June 29, 2016





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Assessment Within Engineering Design Graphics

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Engineering Design Graphics

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Richelle Fosu Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Richelle Fosu is a PhD Fellow/Candidate in the Computer Graphics Technology department at Purdue University. Her specialization is in Building Information Modeling. Richelle Fosu has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Jacobs University, Bremen Germany; and a MS in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University. Her research interests include Building Information Modeling, Spatial Visualization and technology enhanced learning.

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Karthik Sukumar Purdue University


Patrick E. Connolly Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Patrick Connolly is a professor and department head of the Department of Computer Graphics Technology in the College of Technology at Purdue University. He has extensive experience in the aerospace design and CAD/CAE software industries, and has been serving in higher education for almost twenty years. Dr. Connolly has a BS degree in Design and Graphics Technology and an MS in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Educational Technology from Purdue University. His research interests include spatial ability development, virtual and augmented reality applications, product data and lifecycle management, and innovative classroom methodologies.

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This research paper presents an investigation into the relationship between learning style preferences and spatial ability levels of students within construction related majors in engineering and technology. This study used a quantitative approach of data collection, with the instruments for data collection being the Purdue Spatial Visualization test (PSVT) and the Felder-Soloman Index of Learning Styles (ILS). The relationship between the identified learning styles of the participants and their visualization skills was explored, in order to better understand if higher/lower spatial abilities had any correlation with an individual’s learning style preference.

Fosu, R., & Sukumar, K., & Connolly, P. E. (2016, June), Spatial Visualization Ability and Learning Style Preference Assessment Among Construction Related Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25855

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