ICT/ ELEARNING FOR DEVELOPING VISUAL SPATIAL THINKING IN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE TEACHING

E. Marcia Johnson, Elaine Khoo, Bronwen Cowie, Willem de Lange, Rob Torrens

Abstract

This paper reports on two case studies (in Earth and Ocean Sciences and Engineering) that explored the potential of ICT/ eLearning in first-year university courses. Findings from the research supported the value of adopting three dimensional visualization software and eLearning tools to scaffold students’ emergent visual spatial thinking and conceptual understanding. However, some constraints, which limited the potential of the ICT/ eLearning approaches, were also identified. The research contributes to increased understanding of appropriate conditions for the planning and application of ICT/ eLearning tools to bridge students’ conceptual, visual, and spatial thinking in university-level science teaching.

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Johnson E., Khoo E., Cowie B., de Lange W. and Torrens R. (2011). ICT/ ELEARNING FOR DEVELOPING VISUAL SPATIAL THINKING IN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE TEACHING . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8425-50-8, pages 73-78. DOI: 10.5220/0003297800730078


in Bibtex Style

@conference{csedu11,
author={E. Marcia Johnson and Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie and Willem de Lange and Rob Torrens},
title={ICT/ ELEARNING FOR DEVELOPING VISUAL SPATIAL THINKING IN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE TEACHING},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},
year={2011},
pages={73-78},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003297800730078},
isbn={978-989-8425-50-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - ICT/ ELEARNING FOR DEVELOPING VISUAL SPATIAL THINKING IN UNIVERSITY SCIENCE TEACHING
SN - 978-989-8425-50-8
AU - Johnson E.
AU - Khoo E.
AU - Cowie B.
AU - de Lange W.
AU - Torrens R.
PY - 2011
SP - 73
EP - 78
DO - 10.5220/0003297800730078