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Improving Visualization Skills in Engineering Education
September/October 2005 (vol. 25 no. 5)
pp. 24-31
Manuel Contero, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Ferran Naya, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Pedro Company, Jaume I University, Spain
Jos? Lu? Saor?, La Laguna University, Spain
Juli? Conesa, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain
This article analyzes the importance of visualization skills in engineering education. It proposes a dual approach based on computer graphics applications using both Web-based graphic applications and a sketch based modeling system. It addresses the importance of spatial abilities in the context of engineering education and the available techniques for evaluating these abilities from a psychological point of view. It then reviews some Web resources conceived to help students improve their spatial abilities and presents two educational applications. Finally, it presents a pilot study carried out at La Laguna University.

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Index Terms:
spatial reasoning, engineering education, sketch-based modeling
Manuel Contero, Ferran Naya, Pedro Company, Jos? Lu? Saor?, Juli? Conesa, "Improving Visualization Skills in Engineering Education," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 24-31, Sept.-Oct. 2005, doi:10.1109/MCG.2005.107
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