ERIC Number: EJ913361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Animations Are Dynamic, Effective Tools for Science Teaching: If You Just Follow the Rules!
O'Day, Danton H.
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v7 n12 p19-25 Dec 2010
Textbook companies are increasingly including larger numbers of animations as complementary resources for students and teachers. Are all animations useful as teaching tools? The answer is no. Animations can be useful for communicating dynamic events and processes but only when specific rules are followed. The authors review the important components of effective animations and their extensive, original research on the value of animations in learning and long-term memory retention. When the rules are applied, students can learn complex material more easily and retain more of what they have learned in short and long term memory than they can by viewing static textbook figures. Our results also indicate that learning from animations and graphics differs between males and females. Insight gained from student feedback is highlighted with some final comments on future research. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Textbooks, Long Term Memory, Science Education, Science Instruction, Animation, Instructional Materials, Short Term Memory, Retention (Psychology), Males, Females, Gender Differences, Cues, Scores, Graphs, Computer Graphics, Information Technology
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