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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608168
Title:
Learning in an immersive digital theater
Authors:
Sumners, C.; Reiff, P.; Weber, W.
Abstract:
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, in collaboration with Rice University has an outreach program taking portable digital theaters to schools and community sites for over five years and has conducted research on student learning in this immersive environ- ment. By using an external independent evaluator, the effectiveness of NASA-funded Education and Public Outreach (EPO) projects can be assessed. This paper documents interactive techniques and learning strategies in full-dome digital theaters. The presentation is divided into Evaluation Strategies and Results and Interactivity Strategies and Results. All learners from grades 3–12 showed statistically sig- nificant short-term increase in knowledge of basic Earth science concepts after a single 22-min show. Improvements were more significant on items that were taught using more than one modality of instruction: hearing, seeing, discussion, and immersion. Thus immersive the- ater can be an effective as well as engaging teaching method for Earth and Space science concepts, particularly those that are intrinsically three-dimensional and thus most effectively taught in an immersive environment. The portable system allows taking the educational experience to rural and tribal sites where the underserved students could not afford the time or expense to travel to museums.
Affiliation:
Houston Museum of Natural Science; Rice Space Institute; University of Houston
Journal:
Advances in Space Research
Issue Date:
19-Jun-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608168
Submitted date:
2016-03-14
Document Source:
Peer Reviewed
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Quantitative
Learning Environment:
Formal
Research Setting:
Planetarium
Subjects:
Elementary Students Middle/Secondary School In-Service Teachers
Construct:
Content Knowledge
Content:
General/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Content
Specific Interests:
Multicultural/Indigenous Low Socioeconomic Status
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorSumners, C.en
dc.contributor.authorReiff, P.en
dc.contributor.authorWeber, W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:05:30Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:05:30Zen
dc.date.issued2008-06-19en
dc.date.submitted2016-03-14en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608168en
dc.description.abstractThe Houston Museum of Natural Science, in collaboration with Rice University has an outreach program taking portable digital theaters to schools and community sites for over five years and has conducted research on student learning in this immersive environ- ment. By using an external independent evaluator, the effectiveness of NASA-funded Education and Public Outreach (EPO) projects can be assessed. This paper documents interactive techniques and learning strategies in full-dome digital theaters. The presentation is divided into Evaluation Strategies and Results and Interactivity Strategies and Results. All learners from grades 3–12 showed statistically sig- nificant short-term increase in knowledge of basic Earth science concepts after a single 22-min show. Improvements were more significant on items that were taught using more than one modality of instruction: hearing, seeing, discussion, and immersion. Thus immersive the- ater can be an effective as well as engaging teaching method for Earth and Space science concepts, particularly those that are intrinsically three-dimensional and thus most effectively taught in an immersive environment. The portable system allows taking the educational experience to rural and tribal sites where the underserved students could not afford the time or expense to travel to museums.en
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dc.titleLearning in an immersive digital theateren
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dc.contributor.departmentHouston Museum of Natural Scienceen
dc.contributor.departmentRice Space Instituteen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Houstonen
dc.identifier.journalAdvances in Space Researchen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructContent Knowledgeen
dc.istar.contentGeneral/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Contenten
dc.istar.specificinterestsMulticultural/Indigenous Low Socioeconomic Statusen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQuantitativeen
dc.istar.researchsettingPlanetariumen
dc.istar.subjectElementary Students Middle/Secondary School In-Service Teachersen
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