EdD Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Coaxum III, James
Google Expedition, United States History, Virtual Reality
United States--History--Study and teaching; Educational technology
The purpose of this action research dissertation was to explore the development and implementation of virtual reality in United States History Classrooms. Specifically, research focused on how students would respond to virtual reality, the professional development that teachers required to implement virtual reality, health concerns associated with students using virtual reality in school, and how virtual reality would affect pedagogy and assessment strategies. Before implementation of virtual reality, high school students had identified social studies as their least favorite class and results suffered because of their lack of interest. Students being disgruntled about learning history in schools is an issue throughout the country (Milo, 2015).
After successfully infusing virtual reality into the classroom, students' motivation increased, performance improved significantly, and teachers reported drastic changes to their role in the classroom and how they evaluated students. What was surprising was the level of modification that was necessary for questioning technique, how drastically the teachers' roles in the classroom changed, and the number of school subjects that seem to be ripe with possibility for virtual reality (Sholes, 2018). While this technology is just emerging in the field of education, there appears to be ample opportunity for growth and advancement (Reynard, 2017).
Brownridge, Philip, "From chalkboards to virtual reality: Exploring the development and implementation of virtual reality in United States History classrooms" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 2762.