The Use of Augmented Reality to Motivate Scientific Learning for Preschool Children by Fostering Curiosity

Ruiheng Lan, Xu Sun, Bingjian Liu

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Abstract

Traditionally, scientific knowledge is considered too early for preschoolers to learn and handle. However, recent studies have revealed that preschool children have the ability to learn this knowledge, and it is important for their future development, but a typical kindergarten environment does not have staff with relevant experience, nor the methodology to conduct science lessons. To raise children’s interest in scientific content, it is important to appeal to their innate curiosity. Emerging technologies, such as augmented reality (AR) are promising to raise the level of children’s curiosity and, therefore, motivate scientific learning. However, it remains unclear how preschool children would make use of AR technology as a learning medium for exploring and gaining scientific knowledge. In this study, a product design called “P-dia” is being proposed, which employed a co-design method to gain insight into preschoolers’ preferences and learning behavior. The design contains two parts: an AR magnifier and a learning hub. The AR magnifier makes use of AR as a tool to stimulate curiosity and to encourage free exploration, while the learning hub encloses the learning cycle through interactive learning courses and testing sessions. The preliminary results demonstrate that the design may improve the scientific learning of preschoolers, and the product itself is promising to act as a test platform for research related to AR and children’s learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Collaboration Technologies. Novel Technological Environments - 9th International Conference, LCT 2022, Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022, Proceedings
EditorsPanayiotis Zaphiris, Andri Ioannou
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages71-80
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783031056741
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event9th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2022 Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 26 Jun 20221 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13329 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies, LCT 2022 Held as Part of the 24th HCI International Conference, HCII 2022
CityVirtual, Online
Period26/06/221/07/22

Keywords

  • Augmented Reality
  • Curiosity
  • Interface for children
  • Preschool education
  • Scientific learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)

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