Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: The use of virtual reality at lower secondary schools
Authors: Keller, Thomas
Brucker-Kley, Elke
Ebert, Nico
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48194-0_2
Published in: Technology Supported Innovations in School Education
Editors of the parent work: Isaias, Pedro
Sampson, Demetrios G.
Ifenthaler, Dirk
Pages: 15
Pages to: 32
Issue Date: 2020
Series: Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-030-48193-3
978-3-030-48194-0
Language: English
Subjects: K-12; Learning success; Lower secondary school; Virtual reality
Subject (DDC): 006: Special computer methods
371: Schools and their activities
Abstract: This chapter examines the use of virtual reality (VR) at Swiss lower secondary schools. Many years of research appear to have produced only limited data on the effects of VR technology on children’s learning success. It is assumed that VR supports the learning theory of constructivism because it allows immersion, interaction, 3D representation, and adoption of multiple perspectives. To investigate the topic, a prototype has been developed for a “Nature and Technology” learning unit on the subject of plastics and their effects on the environment. Divided into five learning blocks, the learning unit provides students with knowledge about the composition, production, and recycling of plastics. In addition, it explores the related environmental consequences and possible solution strategies. Ideas for possible VR applications were developed for each of these blocks. This vision was discussed in four interviews with teachers. The resulting VR application was commented on and evaluated by 19 students of the same class. In a second phase, the teaching unit incorporating VR was compared to a conventional unit by means of a field experiment and two random sample tests measuring impact on the learning success of 82 students. Their learning success was not found to have improved significantly.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/21440
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Institute of Business Information Technology (IWI)
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