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3D Visualization in Elementary Education Astronomy: Teaching Urban Second Graders about Sun, Earth, and the Moon
Communications in Computer and Information Science
  • Zeynep Isik-Ercan, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Beomjin Kim, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Jeffrey A Nowak, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Document Type
Proceeding
Presentation Date
9-1-2010
Conference Name
Third World Summit on the Knowledge Society, WSKS 2010
Conference Location
Corfu, Greece
Publisher
Springer
Place of Publication
Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
2010
Inclusive pages
500-505
Abstract

This research-in-progress hypothesizes that urban second graders can have an early understanding about the shape of Sun, Moon, and Earth, how day and night happens, and how Moon appears to change its shape by using three dimensional stereoscopic vision. The 3D stereoscopic vision system might be an effective way to teach subjects like astronomy that explains relationships among objects in space. Currently, Indiana state standards for science teaching do not suggest the teaching of these astronomical concepts explicitly before fourth grade. Yet, we expect our findings to indicate that students can learn these concepts earlier in their educational lives with the implementation of such technologies. We also project that these technologies could revolutionize when these concepts could be taught to children and expand the ways we think about children’s cognitive capacities in understanding scientific concepts.

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Citation Information
Zeynep Isik-Ercan, Beomjin Kim and Jeffrey A Nowak. "3D Visualization in Elementary Education Astronomy: Teaching Urban Second Graders about Sun, Earth, and the Moon" Communications in Computer and Information Science Vol. 111 Iss. (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zeynep_isikercan/7/