June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
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Taking an Engineering Spatial Visualization Course to Pre-Dental StudentsThis paper describes an active research study examining the effectiveness of a spatialvisualization course offered by the College of Engineering at X University for students whodesire to enroll in dental school. Students who enroll in this course are either first yearengineering students, undergraduate students who are majoring in a pre-dental curriculumanticipating taking the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or students who are in a postbaccalaureate program (PostBac) that conditionally accepts them into dental school. The DATincludes a “Perceptual Abilities” section that relies on strong 3D spatial visualization skills.The impact of this course on first year engineering students will not be analyzed as this has beendone at other institutions.Instructors of this course at X University present at pre-dental club meetings and encourageundergraduate students majoring in a pre-dental curriculum to enroll in this spatial visualizationcourse. Approximately six students each year have taken advantage of this course for the pasttwo years. A small sample size prevents us from providing any significant empirical data, butwe will provide anecdotal information.The PostBac program is a one year post-baccalaureate program, designed to enable students tobecome more competitive and successful in the dental school environment. The mission of theprogram is to increase the number of graduates from dental school at X University who are fromgroups who are underrepresented in dentistry and/or from economically or educationallydisadvantaged backgrounds. Students who are in the PostBac program are required to take the10 week spatial visualization course in their first semester of the program. The spatialvisualization course, which was developed by Sheryl Sorby and used at various institutions, testsstudents with the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test (PSVT) - rotations at the start of the courseand at the end of the course. This paper will evaluate the impact of the course on the PSVT-rotations and the performance on the future dental school key courses that heavily rely on strongperceptual abilities.
Stavridis, O. M., & Abrams, L., & Sorby, S. A., & Hamamoto, D. T., & Sigler, K. (2015, June), Taking an Engineering Spatial Visualization Course to Pre-dental Students Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24794
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