Implementing Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Envisaging Possibilities in STEM Education

Cooper, G and Thong, L 2018, 'Implementing Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Envisaging Possibilities in STEM Education' in Tasos Barkatsas, Nicky Carr and Grant Cooper (ed.) STEM Education: An Emerging Field of Inquiry, Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 61-73.


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Title Implementing Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Envisaging Possibilities in STEM Education
Author(s) Cooper, G
Thong, L
Year 2018
Title of book STEM Education: An Emerging Field of Inquiry
Publisher Koninklijke Brill NV
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Editor(s) Tasos Barkatsas, Nicky Carr and Grant Cooper
Start page 61
End page 73
Subjects Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Summary With the advancement of immersive virtual reality (VR) there are various possibilities with the introduction of these technologies. Preparing students to effectively navigate, contribute to, and participate in virtual environments appears to be an important set of STEM-related competencies in the future. This chapter describes the VR Education Model (VEM), describing elements of this technology and its possible application in the classroom. One factor in student underachievement in stem subjects may be a heavy reliance upon textual representations at the expense of more visuo-spatial representations. Therefore, the use of VR may be particularly beneficial when representing and learning about stem-related concepts. The authors envisage a number of scenarios that include but are not limited to the possibilities described in this chapter. The implementation of VR is discussed in terms of a broader STEM vision that meets the unique needs and priorities of each school.
Copyright notice Copyright © 2019 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) Virtual reality
immersive virtual reality
immersive virtual reality in education
STEM education
VR Education Model
ISBN 9789004391413
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