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Spatial Visualization and Professional Competence

The Development of Proficiency Among Digital Artists

Authors: Paquette, Andrew

  • Explains why experience or practice isn’t always enough to develop proficiency
  • Demonstrates flaws in current spatial visualisation testing
  • Enriches understanding of domain differences in the development of proficiency and expertise
  • Provides data supportive of cognition enrichment as a teaching method
  • Broadens understanding of the relationship between threshold concepts and expertise
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About this book

The computer graphics (CG) industry is an attractive field for undergraduate students, but employers often find that graduates of CG art programmes are not proficient. The result is that many positions are left vacant, despite large numbers of job applicants. This book investigates how student CG artists develop proficiency. The subject is important to the rapidly growing number of educators in this sector, employers of graduates, and students who intend to develop proficiency for the purpose of obtaining employment. Educators will see why teaching software-oriented knowledge to students does not lead to proficiency, but that the development of problem-solving and visualisation skills do.

This book follows a narrow focus, as students develop proficiency in a cognitively challenging task known as ‘NURBS modelling’. This task was chosen due to an observed relationship between students who succeeded in the task, and students who successfully obtained employment after graduation. In the study this is based on, readers will be shown that knowledge-based explanations for the development of proficiency do not adequately account for proficiency or expertise in this field, where visualisation has been observed to develop suddenly rather than over an extended period of time. This is an unusual but not unique observation. Other studies have shown rapid development of proficiency and expertise in certain professions, such as among telegraph operators, composers and chess players. Based on these observations, the book argues that threshold concepts play a key role in the development of expertise among CG artists.

About the authors

Andrew Paquette began his career as a visual artist in 1986. He worked in a number of roles, including editorial illustrator, comic book artist, 3D modeler, character designer, texture artist, animator, storyboard artist, concept artist, and art director in video games and motion pictures. He left industry to become an educator in 2006, when he became one of the founders of the visual arts programme at the Breda University of Applied Sciences (formerly NHTV). Since then, he has written several textbooks on computer graphics, and completed his PhD at King's College, London. His research centres on the intersection of educational methods, student needs, and industry standards for employment.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Paquette, Andrew

  • Literature Review

    Pages 13-39

    Paquette, Andrew

  • Methodology

    Pages 41-80

    Paquette, Andrew

  • Quantitative Findings

    Pages 81-96

    Paquette, Andrew

  • Qualitative Findings

    Pages 97-153

    Paquette, Andrew

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Hardcover $79.99
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Softcover $79.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spatial Visualization and Professional Competence
Book Subtitle
The Development of Proficiency Among Digital Artists
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91289-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91289-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91288-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08213-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 217
Number of Illustrations
55 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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