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Title: An empirical study of the effect that a computer graphics course has on visual-spatial abilities
Author: González Campos, José Saúl
Sánchez Navarro, Jordi  
Arnedo Moreno, Joan  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: visual-spatial abilities
computer graphics
education
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2019
Publisher: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
Citation: González Campos, J.S., Sánchez-Navarro, J. & Arnedo Moreno, J. (2019). An empirical study of the effect that a computer graphics course has on visual-spatial abilities. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 16(), 1-21. doi: 10.1186/s41239-019-0169-7
Also see: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-019-0169-7
Abstract: Visual-spatial abilities are relevant for performing diverse everyday tasks as well as being successful in multiple fields. This work provides empirical evidence supporting the claim that studying a computer graphics course, as commonly offered in computer science or engineering programs, can help develop stronger visual-spatial abilities. This benefit was estimated with the assessment of students' performances in a standardized test of visual-spatial abilities. This empirical pre-test/post-test study ran for three consecutive semesters and involved six computer graphics groups where students were evaluated with the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test to measure whether the full-semester working on contents heavily related to 2D/3D geometric transformations had a positive effect on students' visual-spatial intelligence. Results show a statistically significant increase in the average score in the test, which in turn suggests that these cognitive abilities could be reinforced or trained through the normal course workload. Additional findings in this study suggest that a retest gaining factor is present just by taking the test twice, and that there is a weak correlation between students' level of visual-spatial abilities at the beginning of the course and the final grades obtained at the end of the semester.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/117146
ISSN: 2365-9440MIAR
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