Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Advisor 1

Shane Mueller

Advisor 2

Michelle Jarvie-Eggart

Committee Member 1

Mary Raber


Questions exist as to why students in the ENG 1002: Introduction to Spatial Visualization (Spat Vis) course, an intervention course at Michigan Technological University (MTU), have historically attained higher average grades in their first year STEM courses, such as Engineering I and II, calculus I and II, computer science, and chemistry courses. Research shows the retention rate, especially of women, is higher for students who have taken Spatial Visualization. One possible explanation for these observed benefits may be related to the students’ confidence in their ability (self-efficacy) to gain the engineering graphics skills needed to become an engineer. No work to date has explored the influence of the intervention on student self-efficacy. This work explores the impact of the Spatial Visualization intervention course on first year engineering students’ self-efficacy.

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