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ERIC Number: EJ780492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Re-Dimensional Thinking in Earth Science: From 3-D Virtual Reality Panoramas to 2-D Contour Maps
Park, John; Carter, Glenda; Butler, Susan; Slykhuis, David; Reid-Griffin, Angelia
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v19 n1 p75-90 Jan 2008
This study examines the relationship of gender and spatial perception on student interactivity with contour maps and non-immersive virtual reality. Eighteen eighth-grade students elected to participate in a six-week activity-based course called "3-D GeoMapping." The course included nine days of activities related to topographic mapping. At the end of the course, the students were required to locate the position of a photographer on a contour map by studying a 360-degree VR panorama assembled from images captured by the photographer. There were six different locations in the assessment. All student interactions with the VR panorama and contour map were recorded on videotape. Males tended to be more successful on some of the locations, and those students with better spatial perception abilities were able to determine the locations with fewer trials. Suggestions for software modification and additional research are included. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States