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Spatial Visualization Skills: Impact on Confidence and Success in an Engineering Curriculum

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Conference

2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Improving Visualization Skills

Tagged Division

Engineering Design Graphics

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

22.1314.1 - 22.1314.11

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18591

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https://cms.jee.org/18591

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39

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Norma L. Veurink Michigan Technological University

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Ms. Veurink is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Tech where she teaches First-Year Engineering courses. Ms. Veurink has conducted research on the impact of spatial visualization training on student retention and success and is on the Executive Board for the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE.

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AJ Hamlin Michigan Technological University

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AJ Hamlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals at Michigan Technological University where she teaches first year engineering courses and an introductory spatial visualization course.

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Abstract

Spatial Visualization Skills: Impact on Confidence and Success in an Engineering CurriculumSpatial visualization skills have been found to be important in STEM careers, and research hasbeen conducted at a few universities to investigate the impacts of spatial training with STEMstudents. At ____University, all engineering freshmen are given the Purdue SpatialVisualization Test: Rotations (PSVT:R) during orientation. In Fall, 2007, and Fall, 2008, thesestudents were also given a survey to assess their confidence in their choice of engineering majorand in their preparation for and ability in certain aspects related to an engineering curriculum.This paper will examine the correlation of spatial visualization skills as measured by the PSVT:Rwith both the students’ confidence levels at the beginning and at the end of their first year in anengineering curriculum and on their actual success in first year engineering and mathematicscourses. Confidence levels of students with less developed spatial skills who received spatialtraining will be compared to confidence levels of students with less developed spatial skills whodid not receive training. Spatial skills of students selecting different majors will be compared todetermine if spatial skills may be a factor in a person’s choice of major (e.g., do mostmechanical engineering majors have high spatial visualization skills while more chemicalengineering majors have lower spatial visualization skills?). These analyses will also beperformed by gender.

Veurink, N. L., & Hamlin, A. (2011, June), Spatial Visualization Skills: Impact on Confidence and Success in an Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18591

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