The Prognostical Value Of Special Aptitudes' Tests For Accepted Students To Study Architecture "Accepted Students In Architectural Department In The University Of Mosul As a Case Study"
The Iraqi Journal of Architecture and Planning,
2010, Volume 9, Issue 19, Pages 171-199
AbstractMost institutions, around the world attend to do tests for persons competing to work, in order to achieve the correct professional choice.From these, are architectural departments in Iraq, which sometimes attempt to do unobligatory tests for students like studying architecture. Ivestigation about the importance of the prognostical value of these tests and their achievement in choosing and directing students for studying architecture emerges clearly especially, that students' acceptance now depends only on the final results of the secondary schools exams.
The problem of the paper had been represented as the absence of the objective vision of the prognostical value of the aptitudes' tests for accepted students in architectural departments, and its aim had been formed by determining this vision. The paper hypothesis pointed out, that there is a large prognostical value for these tests, and the different aptitudes affect equally the future architectural products of the students. In order to achieve the aim, and to test its hypothesis, the paper, had determined the special aptitudes concerning architecture throughout different architectural schools and references. These aptitudes presented as: the intelligence, creation and achievement( public and special) abilities, the design judgment and the artistic taste tests and the imagining and drawing abilities.Test had been designed consisting all these aptitudes for 41 students accepted in architectural department in Mosul university for the year 2009-2010 at the beginning of the year. The numerical value of all aptitudes had been determined as well as of each aptitude alone. Tow numerical values had been determined at the end of the year, reflecting student's architectural level, the first one,is the final result of the architectural design subject, and the second one is the final result of the assessment of the 1st year design teachers. Then comparisons had been determined between the results of the special aptitudes in order to get, the correlations between them. The paper had concluded that there is an objective prognostical value for the aptitudes' tests and the artistic ability , drawing skill and the intelligence are more important for students achievement in architecture.
keywords: architectural education, aptitudes' tests.
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