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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 7 (2003), No. 2, 247--252
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2003

Spatial Imagination Among Students Commencing the Course of Descriptive Geometry at Technical Studies

Adam Ruzyczka
Dept. of Land Reclamation & Environmental Development, Agricultural Univ. of Cracow, Al. A. Mickiwicza 24--28, 30-059 Krakow, Poland,

In the years 1996--2001, a new research on geometrical predisposition was conducted among the students of Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying at the Agricultural University of Cracow. The research started in the years, when the entrance examination in mathematics has been cancelled. Students, who lack geometric knowledge, have also great problems to complete courses both in descriptive geometry and engineering drawing. The research continued in the following years, when exam in mathematics was brought back to life. The goal of the research was to provide evaluation of students' spatial abilities and to indicate conclusions for future use.

Keywords: geometric predisposition, descriptive geometry, graphics education.

MSC: 51N05.

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