Virtual Technologies to Develop Visual-Spatial Ability in Engineering Students
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Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Universidad de La Laguna
Publication date: 2016-12-02
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Cristina Roca-González   

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Juan de Quesada, 30, 35001 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2017;13(2):441-468
The present study assessed a short training experiment to improve spatial abilities using two tools based on virtual technologies: one focused on manipulation of specific geometric virtual pieces, and the other consisting of virtual orienteering game. The two tools can help improve spatial abilities required for many engineering problem-solving procedures. The results indicated that training activities improved the components of space ability (mental rotation, spatial visualization, and spatial orientation). In addition, it was concluded that there were no differences between men and women with respect to spatial ability levels before or after the training experiment. This fact resulted from masked training relating to daily living and leisure activities that are usually indistinctly performed by men and women in developed and industrialized countries.
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