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

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

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.

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

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20-23 Oct. 2004