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ERIC Number: EJ898822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1064
The Effects of 3-Dimensional CADD Modeling on the Development of the Spatial Ability of Technology Education Students
Basham, K. Lynn; Kotrlik, Joe W.
Journal of Technology Education, v20 n1 p32-47 Fall 2008
Spatial abilities are fundamental to human functioning in the physical world. Spatial reasoning allows people to use concepts of shape, features, and relationships in both concrete and abstract ways, to make and use things in the world, to navigate, and to communicate. Surgeons, pilots, architects, engineers, mechanics, builders, farmers, trades people, and computer programmers all rely on spatial intelligence. Several studies indicate that spatial ability can be improved if training with appropriate materials is provided. Most ninth grade students in Mississippi take a modular Technology Discovery course that includes a computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) shapes using spatial ability. In order to implement 3-dimensional software in curricula statewide, "Pro/Desktop[R] was made available through the "Design and Technology in Schools Programs" sponsored by the Parametric Technology Corporation. Evidence did not exist about the effectiveness of using 3-dimensional CADD programs to develop spatial ability. This study investigated whether selected instructional methods using 3-dimensional CADD software had an effect on the development of spatial abilities of ninth grade Technology Discovery students. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi