ERIC Number: EJ925064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Through the Looking Glass: The History of Aquarium Views and Their Potential to Improve Learning in Science Classrooms
Clary, Renee M.; Wandersee, James H.
Science & Education, v14 n6 p579-596 Aug 2005
Aquarium views, or AqViews, offer a glimpse into a split-phase aquatic system that is not normally afforded to terrestrial viewers. Although geologist Henry De la Beche created the AqView prototype two decades before the advent of the aquarium, this graphic type did not become popular until after the Victorian aquarium craze. We investigate the historical development and construct a comprehensive typology of AqViews that can be used by science teachers. We identify variations on the AqView, as well as a broader category encompassing non-aquatic systems, the PhaseView. Our research indicates that horizontal, cross-sectional representation of underwater scenes now appears to be the default position for some textbook authors, artists, and students. In spite of this, we believe AqViews are currently untapped resources for learning in science classrooms, and offer potential for enhancing science instruction, assessment, and visual literacy.
Descriptors: Classrooms, Science Instruction, Recreational Facilities, Visual Literacy, Science Teachers, Educational Improvement, Science Education, Classification
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