Elementary Student Knowledge Gains In The Digital Portable Planetarium

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608132
Title:
Elementary Student Knowledge Gains In The Digital Portable Planetarium
Authors:
Carsten-Conner, Laura D.; Larson, Angela M.; Arseneau, Jennifer
Abstract:
Immersive environments hold promise to provide unique and heightened sensory experiences that focus a learner’s attention, and thus may be useful learning platforms. In particular, portable planetariums may be useful in advancing conceptual knowledge about the night sky, because they afford learners with Earth-based views of celestial motions, give learners a sense of “being there,” and allow direct observation of celestial motions. In this study, we asked whether a digital portable planetarium show would aid students in understanding celestial motions, as well as acquiring generalized astronomy-related knowledge. Results from our pre and post surveys suggest that students make gains in knowledge about both apparent celestial motion and general astronomy concepts after viewing a 25-minute planetarium presentation. Our results suggest that the portable planetarium may be a useful strategy in supporting learners as they struggle with reconciling observed patterns with underlying, non-observable motions of the Earth, and with visualizing concepts such as the speed of planetary orbits relative to their position with respect to the sun.
Affiliation:
University of Alaska System (AK); The Goldstream Group; University of Alaska Museum of the North
Journal:
Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)
Issue Date:
1-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608132
Submitted date:
2016-04-26
Document Source:
Peer Reviewed
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Quantitative
Learning Environment:
Formal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Elementary Students
Content:
General/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Content
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorCarsten-Conner, Laura D.en
dc.contributor.authorLarson, Angela M.en
dc.contributor.authorArseneau, Jenniferen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:04:38Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:04:38Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-01en
dc.date.submitted2016-04-26en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608132en
dc.description.abstractImmersive environments hold promise to provide unique and heightened sensory experiences that focus a learner’s attention, and thus may be useful learning platforms. In particular, portable planetariums may be useful in advancing conceptual knowledge about the night sky, because they afford learners with Earth-based views of celestial motions, give learners a sense of “being there,” and allow direct observation of celestial motions. In this study, we asked whether a digital portable planetarium show would aid students in understanding celestial motions, as well as acquiring generalized astronomy-related knowledge. Results from our pre and post surveys suggest that students make gains in knowledge about both apparent celestial motion and general astronomy concepts after viewing a 25-minute planetarium presentation. Our results suggest that the portable planetarium may be a useful strategy in supporting learners as they struggle with reconciling observed patterns with underlying, non-observable motions of the Earth, and with visualizing concepts such as the speed of planetary orbits relative to their position with respect to the sun.en
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dc.language.isoEnglish Paperen
dc.titleElementary Student Knowledge Gains In The Digital Portable Planetariumen
dc.typePeer Revieweden
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Alaska System (AK)en
dc.contributor.departmentThe Goldstream Groupen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Alaska Museum of the Northen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education (JAESE)en
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.contentGeneral/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Contenten
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQuantitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectElementary Studentsen
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