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Eye-Tracking Investigations Exploring How Students Learn Geology from Photographs and The Structural Setting of Hydrothermal Gold Deposits in the San Antonio Area, B.C.S., MX

Abstract Geoscience educators commonly teach geology by projecting a photograph in front of the class. Geologic photographs often contain animals, people, and inanimate objects that help convey the scale of features in the photograph. Although scale items seem innocuous to instructors and other experts, the presence of such items is distracting and has a profound effect on student learning behavior. To evaluate how students visually interact with distracting scale items in photographs and to determine if cueing or signaling is an effective means to direct students to pertinent information, students were eye tracked while looking at geologically-rich photographs. Eye-tracking data revealed that learners primarily looked at the center of an image, foc... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Coyan, Joshua Aaron (Author) / Reynolds, Stephen (Advisor) / Arrowsmith, Ramon (Committee member) / Chi, Michelene (Committee member) / Piburn, Michael (Committee member) / Semken, Steven (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive Psychology / Education, General / Geology / Disembedding / Distractors / Eye tracking / Gold deposits in Baja / Learning from photographs / Signaling
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 354 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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