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Author Towle, E. ♦ Mann, J. ♦ Kinsey, B.
Source IEEE Xplore Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2005
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Education ♦ Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Engineering students ♦ Solid modeling ♦ Visualization ♦ Software tools ♦ Design automation ♦ Automatic testing ♦ Mechanical engineering ♦ Chemistry ♦ Engineering drawings ♦ Software packages ♦ Computer Aided Design ♦ Spatial Ability ♦ Spatial Visualization
Abstract One component of spatial ability is the ability to correctly visualize a three dimensional object when it is represented in two dimensional space. Research has shown that spatial ability is positively correlated with retention and performance of students in disciplines which rely heavily on spatial reasoning (e.g. chemistry, engineering, etc.) and that males typically outperform females on standard spatial ability tests. In addition, research has shown that spatial ability can be improved through training, such as that received in a computer aided design (CAD) course or by focused spatial training. However, which type of training provides the most beneficial improvements to spatial ability is not well known and whether other means to improve spatial ability would be more effective. In this research project, two tools to use in spatial ability training are being developed. One tool, a physical model rotator (PMR), rotates a physical model of an object in synchronous motion with a model of the same object in CAD software. The other training tool, the alternative view screen (AVS), provides the user of CAD software with both a solid model (including shading) and a line version view of the object. Students with poor spatial ability were identified through testing and the effects of training with these two tools were assessed
Description Author affiliation: Dept. of Mech. Eng., New Hampshire Univ., Durham, NH (Towle, E.; Mann, J.; Kinsey, B.)
ISBN 0780390776
ISSN 01905848
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research ♦ Reading
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-10-19
Publisher Place USA
Rights Holder Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)
Size (in Bytes) 231.48 kB


Source: IEEE Xplore Digital Library