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id cf2019_041
authors Erhan, Halil; Barbara Berry, John Dill and Akanksha Garg
year 2019
title Investigating the Role of Students’ Representation Use Patterns in Spatial Thinking
source Ji-Hyun Lee (Eds.) "Hello, Culture!"  [18th International Conference, CAAD Futures 2019, Proceedings / ISBN 978-89-89453-05-5] Daejeon, Korea, pp. 331-346
summary Teaching spatial thinking explicitly helps students develop spatial abilities. In this paper, we present our initial findings from an experiment that explored how first year students who successfully completed an introductory spatial thinking course, demonstrated their use of three design representations: sketching, digital and physical modeling. Students were asked to solve a design problem requiring spatial thinking at the same level of complexity as their course project. Video data from twelve participants were analyzed and results from an independent expert panel review of students’ solutions, and use of representations were compiled. Our results show high variability in both the quality of students’ solutions and their use of the three modes of representation. We discovered many students used embodied actions in solving the spatial problem and explaining solutions. These results will inform a revision of our course and curriculum supporting spatial thinking in undergraduate design students.
keywords spatial thinking, design pedagogy, design representations
series CAAD Futures
email herhan@sfu.ca
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