Development of an online, strategy-based intervention to improve spatial skills

Peter J. Cole, Stephanie Farrell

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    Abstract

    A novel, interactive, targeted training program has been developed to improve spatial skills. The system is based on Gestalt processing and Collaborative Action-based Production System (CAPS) theory. The software was pilot tested in 2015 with first year engineering students and then iteratively refined to improve compliance and performance in 2016. Both interventions resulted in significant improvements in spatial skills as measured by the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Rotations (PSVT:R), but the 2016 intervention was more effective than the 2015 intervention. For students with weak spatial skills, the effect size (Cohen's d) for the intervention was 0.735 in 2015 and 0.803 in 2016.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with
    Subtitle of host publication7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages489-493
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538615232
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 17 2018
    Event7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Duration: Nov 13 2017Nov 16 2017

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017

    Other

    Other7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017
    Country/TerritoryMalaysia
    CityKuala Lumpur
    Period11/13/1711/16/17

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Education
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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