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ERIC Number: EJ854209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0046-2012
Improvement of Spatial Ability Using Innovative Tools: Alternative View Screen and Physical Model Rotator
Kinsey, Brad L.; Towle, Erick; Onyancha, Richard M.
Engineering Design Graphics Journal, v72 n1 p1-8 Win 2008
Spatial ability, which is positively correlated with retention and achievement in engineering, mathematics, and science disciplines, has been shown to improve over the course of a Computer-Aided Design course or through targeted training. However, which type of training provides the most beneficial improvements to spatial ability and whether other means would be more effective, is not known. In this research project, two tools for use in spatial ability training were developed and evaluated. 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 standardized testing and they were then trained over a four week period for one hour each week. The effectiveness of the training tools was evaluated by comparing spatial ability test scores before and after training. Results showed an increase did exist when targeted training was provided. However, this effect was not statistically significant, possibly due to the small sample size. (Contains 8 figures.)
Engineering Design Graphics Division, American Society for Engineering Education. 1818 N Street NW Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-331-3500; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A