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Title: Entertaining Evolution: Understanding Science from Animations
Authors: Matuk, Camillia
Uttal, David
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Matuk, C. & Uttal, D. (2008). Entertaining Evolution: Understanding Science from Animations. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volumes 3 (pp. 93-94). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: At a natural history museum in Chicago, a series of animations puts a humourous spin on important concepts of evolution. These short films demonstrate the tensions between design goals that include both entertainment and education, and raise important questions about the use of animation for teaching complex processes such as evolution. This study reports the findings from clinical interviews with museum visitors and students on their understanding of evolution from watching these animations.
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