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ERIC Number: EJ1084606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
Using Digital Globes to Explore the Deep Sea and Advance Public Literacy in Earth System Science
Beaulieu, Stace E.; Emery, Emery; Brickley, Annette; Spargo, Abbey; Patterson, Kathleen; Joyce, Katherine; Silva, Tim; Madin, Katherine
Journal of Geoscience Education, v63 n4 p332-343 Nov 2015
Digital globes are new technologies increasingly used in informal and formal education to display global datasets and show connections among Earth systems. But how effective are digital globes in advancing public literacy in Earth system science? We addressed this question by developing new content for digital globes with the intent to educate and excite the public about biological and geophysical processes and exploration in the deep ocean. We developed the content in tight collaboration with scientists, educators, and graphic artists. We used global datasets, including a new dataset for locations of deep-sea vents, and imagery from deep-diving vehicles to create two narratives, Life Without Sunlight and Smoke and Fire Underwater, each targeting a set of Earth Science and ocean literacy principles. Here, we evaluate perceived learning outcomes for the narratives delivered as movies and as live, docent-led presentations with the room-sized Science On a Sphere®. Both narratives led to median responses of ''Some'' to ''Quite a bit'' of perceived learning per literacy principle. Perceived learning outcomes were greatest for adult lifelong learners, followed closely by students (under age 18); adult educators generally reported less learning. We found no significant differences in the effectiveness of our movies compared to docent-led presentations for any of the literacy principles, and all presentations led to ''Quite a bit'' of excitement for all viewers. Our evaluation provides an initial indication that digital globes can be effective in teaching the scientific literacy principles, and we make recommendations for additional assessment of digital globes as educational platforms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1202977