Virtual Technologies to Develop Visual-Spatial Ability in Engineering Students
Cristina Roca-González 1 * , JORGE MARTIN GUTIERREZ 2, Melchor GarcÍa-Dominguez 1, Mª del Carmen Mato Carrodeguas 1
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1 Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria2 Universidad de La Laguna* Corresponding Author


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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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 13, Issue 2, February 2017, 441-468

Publication date: 02 Dec 2016

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