By Topic

Work in progress-impact of a remedial 3-D visualization course on student performance and retention

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

3 Author(s)
Boersma, N. ; Michigan Technol. Univ., Houghton, MI, USA ; Hamlin, A. ; Sorby, S.

The purpose of this study was to assess whether a remedial spatial visualization course impacted student retention and success in lower level engineering courses. Engineering freshmen who score below 60% on the Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Visualization of Rotations (PSVT:R) are encouraged to take an optional 1-credit remedial spatial visualization course in their first semester. Course grades and retention rates of students who failed the PSVT:R and either chose to take the optional course (n=169) or chose not to take the course (n=173) were compared. It was found the remedial course had a positive impact on retention, both at the university and in engineering. Students who took the optional course also earned higher grades in two introductory engineering courses and in a combined statics and mechanics of materials course.

Published in:

Frontiers in Education, 2004. FIE 2004. 34th Annual

Date of Conference:

20-23 Oct. 2004