VISION

The Visuospatial Cognition (VISION) Project

Lead Researcher: Jeffrey Buckley
Supervisors: Dr Niall Seery and Dr Donal Canty

 

 

Considering the substantial degree of empirical evidence illustrating the significant correlation between spatial ability and STEM education disciplines, the aim of the VISION project is to investigate the interaction between spatial cognition and STEM educational activity. The project involves both basic and applied research and adopts conceptual frameworks from various ontologies within human intelligence research.

There are a number of areas of interest within the project including:

  • The relationships between spatial ability, domain-free general cognitive factors, fluid intelligence, knowledge, and educational performance
  • The effects that levels of spatial skill attainment have on academic performance and task-induced mental effort
  • The ecological selection of externalisation strategies during problem solving relative to levels of spatial ability
  • The effects of cognitive strategy on performance in psychometric tests of spatial ability
  • The factor structure of spatial cognition
  • The natural and targeted development of spatial skills

One outcome of the VISION project aspiring to aid in translating the pertinent findings into practice is the VISION Test Centre. The test centre is a bespoke online testing environment housing a selection of psychometric tests used within the VISION project and is available for use by collaborating researchers and practitioners. The nature of the tests offered within the test centre is tailored to suit the needs of the user. A map showing institutions which have engaged with the test centre is shown below. People who are interested in collaborating with the research team in an area similar to this project can contact jeffbuckley1992@gmail.com to arrange access and a suitable setup. The VISION Test Centre is accessible through the link under the map.

 

 

 

 

Publications from or in collaboration with the VISION project:
For full texts of any of the below papers, please see Jeff Buckley’s ResearchGate profile accessible through the link on his TERG member page located here

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (* = Open Access)

*Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (In Press). Investigating the use of spatial reasoning strategies in geometric problem solving. International Journal of Technology and Design Education.

*Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2018). A heuristic framework of spatial ability: A review and synthesis of spatial factor literature to support its translation into STEM education. Educational Psychology Reviewhttp://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-018-9432-z

*Buckley, J., O’Connor, A., Seery, N., Hyland, T., & Canty, D. (2018). Implicit theories of intelligence in STEM education: Perspectives through the lens of technology education students. International Journal of Technology and Design Educationhttp://doi.org/10.1007/s10798-017-9438-8

Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2017). Spatial cognition in engineering education: Developing a spatial ability framework to support the translation of theory into practice. European Journal of Engineering Educationhttp://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2017.1327944

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2018). Examining the components of fluid intelligence: Implications for STEM education. Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 72nd Mid-Year Conference. Montego Bay, Jamaica: ASEE.

Buckley, J., Canty, D., & Seery, N. (2018). Spatial working memory in mental rotations: A case for exploring neural efficiency and cognitive strategies. Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 72nd Mid-Year Conference. Montego Bay, Jamaica: ASEE.

Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2017). An exploratory analysis into the relationships between spatial factors, domain-free general capacities and general fluid intelligence. In M. de Vries, L. Litowitz, & S. Warner (Eds.), PATT2017: Technology & Engineering Education – Fostering the Creativity of Youth Around The Globe. Philadelphia, USA: Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

Buckley, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2016). The validity and reliability of online testing for the assessment of spatial ability. In J. Birchman (Ed.), Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 71st Mid-Year Conference (pp. 11–16). Nashua, New Hampshire: ASEE.

Buckley, J., & Seery, N. (2016). The potential bifurcation of static and dynamic spatial cognitive processes. In J. Birchman (Ed.), Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 71st Mid-Year Conference (pp. 97–103). Nashua, New Hampshire: ASEE.

Buckley, J., Phelan, J., Seery, N., & Canty, D. (2016). Assessing visual perception in virtual reality environments. In P. Tiernan (Ed.), Proceedings of 33rd International Manufacturing Conference. Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Buckley, J., Howley, U., & Seery, N. (2016). An exploratory study into the cognitive and behavioural influences on problem solving performance. In P. Tiernan (Ed.), Proceedings of 33rd International Manufacturing Conference. Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Buckley, J., O’Neill, C., & Seery, N. (2016). Technology mediated assessment of dynamic spatial ability. In P. Tiernan (Ed.), Proceedings of 33rd International Manufacturing Conference. Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., Bowe, B., & Carthy, D. (2016). Spatial ability in education: A national study. In P. Tiernan (Ed.), Proceedings of 33rd International Manufacturing Conference. Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., Hyland, T., & Canty, D. (2016). MIND strengths: The unique cognitive architecture of engineering and technology students. In P. Tiernan (Ed.), Proceedings of 33rd International Manufacturing Conference. Limerick, Ireland: University of Limerick.

Buckley, J., & Seery, N. (2016). An investigation into problem solving approaches adopted during graphical reasoning episodes. In M. de Vries, A. Bekker-Holtland, & G. van Dijk (Eds.), Proceedings of PATT2016: Technology Education for 21st Century Skills (pp. 118–128). Utrecht, Netherlands: PATT.

Buckley, J., & Seery, N. (2016). Framing spatial cognition: Establishing a research agenda. In L. Sun, H. Steinhauer, & D. Lane (Eds.), Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 70th Mid-Year Conference (pp. 118–122). Daytona Beach, Florida: EDGD.

Power, J., Buckley, J., & Seery, N. (2016). Visualizing success: Investigating the relationship between ability and self-efficacy in the domain of visual processing. In L. Sun, H. Steinhauer, & D. Lane (Eds.), Proceedings of ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division 70th Mid-Year Conference (pp. 73–79). Daytona Beach, Florida: EDGD.

Seery, N., Buckley, J., & Delahunty, T. (2015). Developing a spatial ability framework to support spatial ability research in engineering education. In B. Bowe (Ed.), Proceedings of 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (pp. 1–9). Dublin, Ireland: Dublin Institute of Technology.

Conference Presentations

Buckley, J. (2018). Spatial ability and fluid intelligence. in ResearchED Leads Network Day, Haninge, Stockholm, Sweden: ResearchED.