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Student Engagement and Attitude Change Towards Science When Learning with a Virtual World Based Curriculum: A Case Study
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, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The purposes of this case study were to examine if a virtual world based science curriculum can change students’ attitudes toward science and science related careers, and to identify challenges during the development and implementation of this curriculum. The Science through Second Life (StSL) curriculum is an innovative project that aims to create an engaging learning environment for high school students using the virtual world Second Life and other applications in the larger Internet ecology. The StSL was developed, prototyped, and implemented by Global Kids Inc., a non-profit organization based in New York. Data was collected from 19 freshman high school students (10 female, 9 male) during a semester through classroom observations, pre- and post-surveys, and semi-structured interviews. Data analysis revealed that more students considered having a science related career after participating in the StSL curriculum, and many reported having a better understanding of how scientists think and work.

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Turkay, S. (2010). Student Engagement and Attitude Change Towards Science When Learning with a Virtual World Based Curriculum: A Case Study. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 248-257). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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