Using VEs to enhance chronological understanding of history in middle school children.

Korallo, Liliya and Foreman, Nigel and Boyd Davis, Stephen and Moar, Magnus and Molife, Peter (2009) Using VEs to enhance chronological understanding of history in middle school children. In: Cognitive Psychology Section Annual Conference, 1-3 September 2009, University of Hertfordshire.

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Studies with computer-experienced children in the UK and less experienced in Ukraine explored the potential for VEs in teaching historical chronology to middle-school children aged 10–12 years old. Active fly-through VEs had been previously used successfully with primary school children aged 8–9 years old (given specific training with the environment) when they were subsequently tested for their ability to order events chronologically. All VEs in the present studies included a training element and active challenge, both found previously to enhance learning in other age groups. Ukraine children were trained and tested. UK children here were trained and tested, then retrained and retested to examine savings. Unlike other age groups, no significant benefit was seen for VE training compared with PowerPoint and Text conditions in either study. Possible explanations for the ineffectiveness of VE training for children of middle school age will be discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas:A. Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
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