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Using Virtual Reality Computer Models to Support Student Understanding of Astronomical Concepts
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, Boston College, United States

JCMST Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how three-dimensional (3-D) models of the Solar System supported student development of conceptual understandings of various astronomical phenomena that required a change in frame of reference. In the course described in this study, students worked in teams to design and construct 3-D computer models of the Solar System. Using a qualitative methodological approach we found that the computer modeling supported students in learning about astronomy concepts that required a change in frame of reference or perspective. These findings are particular important for astronomy education as many concepts in astronomy require changing ones perspective within a 3-D space.

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Barnett, M. (2005). Using Virtual Reality Computer Models to Support Student Understanding of Astronomical Concepts. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 24(4), 333-356. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 16, 2019 from .

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