Bridging the spatial visualisation skills gap through engineering drawing using the whole-to-parts approach

Akasah, Zainal Abidin and Alias, Maizam (2006) Bridging the spatial visualisation skills gap through engineering drawing using the whole-to-parts approach. In: 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 10-13 December 2006, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

One of the objectives of teaching engineering drawing to engineering students is to develop their spatial visualisation skills. However, students enrolled into engineering programmes often posses mixed entry skills as far as engineering drawing is concerned. Some students may be “experts” due to their exposure to the subject in their secondary school education while others may find the subject to be new to them. This article reports a case study on spatial visualisation skills development involving a class of 29 first year civil engineering students from Kolej Universiti Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia. The group comprised 13 beginners and 16 experts. The objectives of the study were two folds, (i) to determine how large is the spatial visualisation skills gap between the experts and the beginners at entry level and (ii) to see whether using the whole-to-parts approach can bridge the skills gap in a half semester duration. The results showed that there was a spatial visualisation skills gap between the experts and the beginners at the initial stage, which was successfully bridged within half a semester using the whole-to-parts teaching approach.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:engineering drawing, sketching, spatial visualisation ability
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Civil Engineering
ID Code:166
Deposited By:Khairunnisa Ahmad
Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 14:18
Last Modified:29 Apr 2011 14:39

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