Assessing Impact of Instruction on Spatial Ability among Malaysian Engineering Students

By Mohamad Raduan Kabit, Norehan Zulkiply, Aidil Azli Alias, Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Resdiansyah Mansyur and Ron Aldrino Chan.

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Spatial ability across gender was examined among the first year engineering students in a Malaysian university. A sample of one hundred and eighty four participants, with a balanced ratio of male and female students, were recruited using stratified random sampling. In this study, participants were asked to complete a spatial ability test at their best in one hour. The test was adopted from Purdue Spatial Visualization Test: Rotations (PSVT:R) and the Mental Cutting Test (MCT). In addition, by using another set of comparable spatial ability test, the impact of instruction was measured. The results support many of the findings in previous research that males significantly outperformed females in spatial ability. However, there was no significant difference found between students’ spatial scores and their entry qualifications. Results of this study also reveal an interesting finding on the significant effect of instruction in improving the spatial ability of engineering students.

Keywords: Spatial Ability, Spatial Visualization, Mental Rotation, Mental Cutting, Instruction

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp.347-356. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.272MB).

Mohamad Raduan Kabit

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Mohamad Raduan has been involved in academia since 2002. His primary research interest is in the field of Transportation Engineering. In addition to the transportation engineering research, he also has a strong interest in educational research that aims to improve the pedagogy and instruction methods used in delivering civil engineering courses.

Norehan Zulkiply

Lecturer, Department of Cognitive Science, Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Aidil Azli Alias

Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Prof. Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Resdiansyah Mansyur

Dean, School of Civil Engineering, Lagenda College, Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Ron Aldrino Chan

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia


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