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Exploring the Efficacy of Using Augmented Reality to Alleviate Common Misconceptions about Natural Selection

Abstract Evidence suggests that Augmented Reality (AR) may be a powerful tool for

alleviating certain, lightly held scientific misconceptions. However, many

misconceptions surrounding the theory of evolution are deeply held and resistant to

change. This study examines whether AR can serve as an effective tool for alleviating

these misconceptions by comparing the change in the number of misconceptions

expressed by users of a tablet-based version of a well-established classroom simulation to

the change in the number of misconceptions expressed by users of AR versions of the


The use of realistic representations of objects is common for many AR

developers. However, this contradicts well-tested practices of multimedia desig... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Henry, Matthew McClellan (Author) / Atkinson, Robert K (Advisor) / Johnson-Glenberg, Mina C (Committee member) / Nelson, Brian C (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Augmented Reality / Misconceptions / Mixed Reality / Natural Selection
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 87 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Technology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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