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Abstract Title: Teachers’ Experiences of Nanoscale Phenomena through the Sense of Touch: An Exploratory Study of the Use of an AFM Visuohaptic Simulation
Abstract: Haptic technology affords learners with kinesthetic movement and tactile sensation that can provide information about the morphology of an object or force and motion feedback. Previous research has shown that combining both visual and haptic activities can improve the performance of psychomotor skills. But less empirical studies have been done for conceptual learning. An atomic force microscope (AFM) is a tool that utilizes interatomic forces to detect the surface structure of a nanoscale sample and to investigate its properties at the nanoscale. In this exploratory study, we will investigate the effectiveness of haptic technology in teaching how nanoscale properties can be detected with the aid of an AFM. Data was collected via teachers' reflection papers that were submitted at the end a two-week summer workshop.  A categorical analysis was performed to investigate in- and pre-service teachers' experiences and initial impressions with the visuohaptic simulation, developed by our research team.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tugba Yuksel
PhD Student, Purdue University
525 Northwestern Avenue
room 230
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 7655863115
and Co-Presenter(s)
Yu Gong, PhD Student, Purdue University
Dr. Alejandra J Magana, Assistant Professor, Purdue University