One of the more important aptitudes for students studying design courses is spatial ability, often referred to as simply visualisation. Spatial ability encompasses the skills required to perform mental rotation of objects, the ability to understand how objects appear in different positions, and the skill to conceptualise how objects relate to each other in space. This paper reports on a series of studies conducted at the University of Newcastle, which form part of a national research project concerned with assessing and improving visualisation specific to design disciplines. These studies primarily focus on establishing a reliable measure of spatial ability to identify poor performers so that training and learning tasks can be developed.
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