ERIC Number: EJ1203296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Requiring Training for Students with Initially Weak Spatial Skills
Veurink, Norma L.; Sorby, Sheryl A.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v44 n1-2 p153-163 2019
Three-dimensional spatial skills are a cognitive ability that have been shown to predict success in engineering. Michigan Tech has been offering a course to help students improve their 3-D spatial skills for more than two decades. In previous studies, students who failed a rotations test and enrolled in the course performed better on a number of measures when compared to those who failed the rotations test and did not enrol in the course. A valid criticism of these studies was that the two groups were self-selected. Beginning in 2009, the spatial skills course became a requirement for students who initially failed the rotations test. This paper reports on the results from a longitudinal study conducted to determine the impact of the spatial skills course when no self-selection is involved.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Spatial Ability, Engineering Education, Cognitive Ability, Prediction, Course Descriptions, Criticism, Academic Failure, Correlation, Gender Differences, Scores, Mathematics Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Tests, Grades (Scholastic), Introductory Courses, College Graduates, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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