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Three primary school students’ cognition about 3D rotation in a virtual reality learning environment

Yeh, Andy (2010) Three primary school students’ cognition about 3D rotation in a virtual reality learning environment. In Sparrow, Len, Kissane, Barry, & Hurst, Chris (Eds.) Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education : Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA, Fremantle, Western Australia, pp. 690-697.

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    This paper reports on three primary school students’ explorations of 3D rotation in a virtual reality learning environment (VRLE) named VRMath. When asked to investigate if you would face the same direction when you turn right 45 degrees first then roll up 45 degrees, or when you roll up 45 degrees first then turn right 45 degrees, the students found that the different order of the two turns ended up with different directions in the VRLE. This was contrary to the students’ prior predictions based on using pen, paper and body movements. The findings of this study showed the difficulty young children have in perceiving and understanding the non-commutative nature of 3D rotation and the power of the computational VRLE in giving students experiences that they rarely have in real life with 3D manipulations and 3D mental movements.

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    ID Code: 39682
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Additional Information: Published version also freely available via Official URL.
    Keywords: Spatial thinking and reasoning, Knowledge representation, 3D Geometry, Virtual reality learning environment, Information and communication technology, Semiotics, LOGO
    ISBN: 9781920846251
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Computer Perception Memory and Attention (170201)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning (170203)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
    Deposited On: 27 Jan 2011 14:18
    Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:11

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