A Study on Utilizing of Virtual Reality Teaching Materials in Marine Education for Primary School Children in Taiwan


Global awareness of marine education is pivotal, yet Taiwan, as an island nation rich in marine resources, has not garnered the necessary focus in this area. Over the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted schoolchildren to gradually adapt to online remote teaching and digital learning tools. Consequently, the importance of designing digital teaching aids and conducting research on teaching sites has become even more pronounced. This study investigates the utilization of virtual reality (VR) teaching materials in marine education for primary school children to address limitations in the learning environment and enhance overall learning motivation. Distilling marine education into five key themes—marine leisure, marine society, marine culture, marine science and technology, and marine resources and sustainability—the study systematically selects video teaching materials tailored for third-grade elementary schools based on these themes. Following a pre-test written assessment, teachers presented both traditional videos and VR headset-enabled videos. Subsequently, a post-test written evaluation and interview were conducted. It is found from written tests, worksheets and interviews that using VR to watch videos significantly improved school children’s learning attitudes. At the teaching site, it can also be seen that students use a positive attitude to learn and give back with positive vocabulary. This study highlights the positive impact and promising developmental potential of virtual reality technology in marine education, emphasizing the need for increased attention, further research, and developmental initiatives in this field.

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Hsiang Kai Chung, China University of Technology, Taiwan
Lan-Ting Wang, Tainan University of Technology, Taiwan
Yuan Hsun Chuang, China University of Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education

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To cite this article:
Chung H., Wang L., & Chuang Y. (2024) A Study on Utilizing of Virtual Reality Teaching Materials in Marine Education for Primary School Children in Taiwan ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.67
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.67

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