The Link between Spatial Skills and Engineering Problem-Solving

Gavin Duffy, Sheryl Sorby, Presentacion Rivera Reves, Tom Delahunty, Lance Perez, Javashri Ravishankar

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Abstract

Well-developed 3-D spatial skills are correlated with engineering success. However, most studies examining the link between spatial skills and engineering success have been conducted at the macro level, i.e., the link between spatial skills and course grades or between spatial skills and graduation rates. In this research, a more refined approach has been taken. Relationships between spatial skills and success in solving certain types of problems that engineering students commonly encounter are examined. It was found that high levels of spatial skills predict success in solving certain types of engineering problems but not in all types of problems. Data gathered through this research will be further analyzed to determine characteristics of problems where spatial skills appear to play a role and characteristics where they do not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
EditorsMark J.W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Gary K.W. Wong, Jun Shen, Montserrat Ros, Leon C. U. Lei, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages272-278
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 16 2019
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: Dec 4 2018Dec 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
CountryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period12/4/1812/7/18

Keywords

  • engineering student success
  • problem-solving
  • spatial skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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    Duffy, G., Sorby, S., Reves, P. R., Delahunty, T., Perez, L., & Ravishankar, J. (2019). The Link between Spatial Skills and Engineering Problem-Solving. In M. J. W. Lee, S. Nikolic, G. K. W. Wong, J. Shen, M. Ros, L. C. U. Lei, & N. Venkatarayalu (Eds.), Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 (pp. 272-278). [8615193] (Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/TALE.2018.8615193