The Impact of Stereo Display on Student Understanding of Phases of the Moon

Cid, Ximena C. C. and Lopez, Ramon E. (2010) The Impact of Stereo Display on Student Understanding of Phases of the Moon. Astronomy Education Review, 9 (1). 010105-010107. ISSN 15391515


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"Understanding lunar phases requires three-dimensional information about the relative positions of the Moon, Earth, and Sun, thus using a stereo display in instruction might improve student comprehension of lunar phases or other topics in basic astronomy. We conducted a laboratory 15 sections on phases of the Moon as part of the introductory astronomy classes. Half of the laboratories were taught using stereo visualizations projected by a portable GeoWall system running the AstroWall software, while the other half of the laboratories were identical, but without stereo. We found that both sets of laboratories showed a statistically significant gain in student comprehension, but that there was no statistical difference between the stereo laboratories and the nonstereo laboratories. We conclude that there is no advantage to using a stereo display in teaching about lunar phases."

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 21:35
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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