Effect of Computer Animation Instruction on Spatial Visualization Performance

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Title: Effect of Computer Animation Instruction on Spatial Visualization Performance
Author: Hart, William Joe
Advisors: Dr. Theodore J. Branoff, Committee Chair
Dr. Aaron C. Clark, Committee Member
Dr. V. William Deluca, Committee Member
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a sixteen week long animation class on spatial visualization performance. The students in the treatment group were provided instruction consisting of four hours of lecture/lab each week. Lecture/Lab consisted of lessons on the fundamentals, history, and techniques of animation. The students were provided instruction in and opportunity to use three different animation packages (Flash ®, TrueSpace ®, and 3D Studio Max ®). The spatial visualization performance of the students in the animation group was compared to a control group of students in a Foundation of Graphics (GC120) class. A paired T-test was completed on each group to determine progress made within each group. An Independent Samples T-test was used to make a comparison between the animation test group and the control group. When H0: animation group = control group was tested, analysis indicated that no significant difference existed between the groups. This research requires a larger sample size and a different test instrument to repeat the study.
Date: 2003-04-09
Degree: MS
Discipline: Math, Science and Technology Education
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1028

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