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Spatial Thinking and its Correlation to Statics Engineering Curriculum



PI: Wade Goodridge PhD
Co-PI: None

Overview

Spatial ability has been correlated to success in STEM degrees and STEM professions. It is a factor that has been seen to impact student success (Halpern & Collaer, 2005: Sorby, Veurink, and Dulaney, 2013; Sorby & Veurink, 2012). Spatial ability can be defined as a measure of one construct of spatial thinking such the ability to rotate an object in the mind. Spatial thinking is “a collection of cognitive skills consisting of declarative and perceptual forms of knowledge and some cognitive operations that can be used to transform, combine, or otherwise operate on this knowledge” (National Research Council, 2006). This work focuses on determining the gains in spatial ability that engineering students develop as a result of exposure to an engineering mechanics: statics curriculum. Additionally, the work desires to understand the demographic variables that impact student’s spatial ability.

Amount: Internal

Status: In progress

Funded by: Utah State University