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Biography

Ken is a lecturer with teaching responsibilities in aviation, engineering and other faculty courses. Ken's main teaching responsibilities are focused on computer applications with a particular interest in statistical and graphics software.

Research interests are related to understanding 3 dimensional concepts with developing interests in higher education teaching and learning and core skills in science and mathematics.

Ken is a holder of a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force and responsible for the training and management of operational officers at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology), University of Newcastle, 13/10/2011
  • Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Teaching (Industrial Arts), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle, 29/04/1988
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle, 12/05/1990

Research

Research keywords

  • Spatial Cognition

Research expertise

Research interests are related to understanding 3 dimensional concepts with developing interests in higher education teaching and learning and core skills in science and mathematics.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120199Architecture Not Elsewhere Classified40
170199Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified40
120399Design Practice And Management Not Elsewhere Classified20

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Computer Applications
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Impact of spatial ability on students doing graphics based courses', 2006 Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland (2006) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2005Heathcote AJ, Sutton KJ, Hayes B, Mewhort D, 'A Cascade Theory of Automaticity', The 12th Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2005) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2005Sutton KJ, Heathcote AJ, Bore MR, 'Implementing a web-based measurement of 3D understanding', OZCHI 2005, Canberra, Australia (2005) [E1]
2004Williams AP, Sutton KJ, 'Graphic Communication: What is it and How can we Teach it to Engineering Students', ICEE 2004, Florida, USA (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

Publications

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Journal article (3 outputs)

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2011Williams AP, Sutton KJ, 'Spatial ability and its influence on the design process', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5 141-152 (2011) [C1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2007Sutton KJ, Heathcote AJ, Bore MR, 'Measuring 3-D understanding on the Web and in the laboratory', Behavior Research Methods, 39 926-939 (2007) [C1]
2003Sutton KJ, Heathcote AJ, 'Acquisition of mental rotation skills', Australian Journal of Psychology, 55 93 (2003) [C3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

Conference (19 outputs)

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2011Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Spatial ability and its implication for novice architecture students', Conference Proceedings 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, Sydney, NSW (2011) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2010Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Implications of spatial abilities on design thinking', Conference Proceedings. Design & Complexity: Design Research Society International Conference, Montreal (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2010Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'A rationale for developing spatial skills: In a design environment', Proceedings of the CONNECTED 2010 International Conference on Design Education, UNSW Sydney, Australia (2010) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2010Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'A multidisciplinary approach to measuring spatial performance in novice designers', Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2009Sutton KJ, Williams AP, McBride W, 'Exploring spatial ability and mapping the performance of engineering students', Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E1]
2009Sutton KJ, Williams AP, McBride W, 'Spatial ability performance of female engineering students', Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E1]
2009Nesbitt KV, Sutton KJ, Wilson JS, Hookham GT, 'Improving player spatial abilities for 3D challenges', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Williams AP, Sutton KJ, 'Spatial abilities and its implication for novice designers', DesignEd Asia Conference 2009: Forget the Future: What are Today's Design Education Issues? Conference Proceedings, Hong Kong (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2008Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Profiling spatial ability performance of novice designers', Exploring Technology Education: Solutions to Issues in a Globalised World, Surfers Paradise, QLD (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2008Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Developing a discipline-based measure of visualisation', Symposium Proceedings Visualisation and Concept Development, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2008Williams AP, Sutton KJ, Allen RJ, 'Spatial ability: Issues associated with engineering and gender', Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Yeppoon, QLD (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2007Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Research outcomes supporting learning in spatial ability', Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Melbourne (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2007Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Spatial cognition and its implications for design', IASDR'07: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007. Proceedings, Hong Kong (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2007Williams AP, Sutton KJ, 'Developing interactive computer-based learning experiences to improve spatial ability', Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2007), Algarve, Portugal (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2006Sutton KJ, Williams AP, 'Impact of spatial ability on students doing graphics based courses', 2006 Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Auckland (2006) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

2006Sutton KJ, 'Performance differences on spatial cognition tasks', Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences, Newcastle, Australia (2006) [E3]
2005Sutton KJ, Heathcote AJ, Bore MR, 'Implementing a web-based measurement of 3D understanding', OZCHI 2005, Canberra, Australia (2005) [E1]
2005Heathcote AJ, Sutton KJ, Hayes B, Mewhort D, 'A Cascade Theory of Automaticity', The 12th Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference, The University of Adelaide, Australia (2005) [E3]

Co-authors: Andrew Heathcote

2004Williams AP, Sutton KJ, 'Graphic Communication: What is it and How can we Teach it to Engineering Students', ICEE 2004, Florida, USA (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: Tony Williams

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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Sutton KJ, Allen RJ, 'Assessing and Improving Spatial Ability for Design Based Disciplines Utilising Online Systems. Final Report 2011', Australian Learning and Teaching Council, 40 (2011) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

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Number of grants4
Total funding$220,281

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2008 (1 grants)

Acquiring expertise in the mental manipulation of visual images: Effects on brain and behaviour$17,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Andrew Heathcote, Associate Professor Scott Brown, Doctor Ken Sutton
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$17,00020082008
GNo:G0189040

2007 (1 grants)

Assessing and improving spatial ability for design-based disciplines utilising online systems$196,331
Funding Body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Project Team
Doctor Ken Sutton, Professor Anthony Williams
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$196,33120072008
GNo:G0188331

2004 (1 grants)

Assessing and Improving 3D Understanding$6,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Ken Sutton
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,50020042004
GNo:G0184206

1997 (1 grants)

Design Education for the 21st Century, Gold Coast, QLD, 3-6 July 1997$450
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Ken Sutton
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$45019971997
GNo:G0179582
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.15
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.15

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017M Philosophy (Architecture)Co-SupervisorA Study of Student's Ability to Translate 2D Drawings into 3D Form and its Relationship to Spatial Ability
20132019PhD (Architecture)Co-SupervisorExamining Prospect-Refuge Theory in Architecture: The Impact of Spatial Dimensions and Style on Preference Ratings for Interiors
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Dr Kenneth (Ken) Sutton

Work Phone(02) 4921 6361
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPsychology
Office
AVG20,
Aviation,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/ken-sutton
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school/psychology/our_staff/sutton_ken.html