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Journal for Geometry and Graphics 09 (2005), No. 2, 201--208
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2005

Spatial Imagination -- an Overview of the Longitudinal Research at Cracow University of Technology

Renata Górska
Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology, Warszawska st. 24, 31-155 Kraków, Poland

Spatial ability of engineering students is a critically important trait, which decides of the future career and success in the engineering professional life. In the paper the results of a longitudinal research of the levels of spatial abilities and the methods used for the development of these abilities will be presented. The study described in this paper was conducted with the use of the Mental Cutting Test (MCT) and the Mental Rotations Test (MRT) in an experimental and a control group. The means for enhancement of the spatial ability levels, especially for female students who lag significantly behind the men, are discussed.

Keywords: Spatial ability, MCT, MRT, engineering education.

MSC: 51N05

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