Effects of Augmented Reality Applications on Academic Success and Course Attitudes in Social Studies
The overall purpose of this study is to determine the effect of augmented reality applications on students’ success in social studies course and their attitudes towards social studies courses. In this research, quantitative and qualitative methods were used. In the quantitative method, there is a pre-test, post-test control group as a semi-experimental method. In the social studies course, the unit acquisition related to volcanic events was aimed to be instructed to the students in the experimental group through the augmented reality application. Before and after the application, to evaluate the success levels of the students in the experimental and control groups, social studies course achievement test was given, and to evaluate their attitudes towards the course, social studies course attitude scale was applied. At the end of the application, interviews were done with 5 of the students in the experimental group with a semi-structured interview form. In the analysis made as a result of the application, no significant difference was observed between the achievement levels of the children studying with augmented reality technology and the achievement levels of the children studying with the smart board and the current textbook. Since the group learning technique was used in the study, students’ failure to progress at an individual pace may have prevented an increase in success. According to the post-test social studies course attitude scale results of the experimental and control groups, the scores of the experimental group students showed a significant increase compared to the control group. Also, students stated that they liked the augmented reality application in the interviews, and they wanted it to be in other lessons. It is thought that it will be beneficial for education to put the augmented reality technology in other courses.
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