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Development and Evaluation of a Tangible Learning System for Astronomy Education: A Pilot Study PROCEEDINGS

, , Waseda University, Japan ; , KGT Inc., Japan

AACE Award

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

In this study, a tangible learning system was developed using AR technology for grade school science classes, and we investigated how students collaborated with others for various tasks using the system. The participants were 19 high school students, whose science lectures already included VR solar system teaching equipment. Then, the tangible learning system was evaluated using comprehension tests, space recognition tests, and a questionnaire comprised of five categories: interest, motivation, understanding, collaboration, and the interface of the system. The results showed that there was a possibility to cultivate learners' spatial cognition with concrete operations using the tangible learning system for the solar system. The tangible learning system inspired a feeling of curiosity in most of the students. Also, all of the participants answered that the learning system made it easier to understand the solar system better than the VR teaching equipment.

Citation

Morita, Y., Setozaki, N. & Iwasaki, T. (2010). Development and Evaluation of a Tangible Learning System for Astronomy Education: A Pilot Study. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3666-3671). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 25, 2017 from .

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