Date of Award

2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Linda Webster

First Committee Member

Rod P. Githens

Second Committee Member

Laura Hallberg

Abstract

The use of Virtual Reality (VR) in a variety of professional, military, governmental, and educational fields has continued to expand over the past several decades, and the recent Covid-19 pandemic has brought attention to this field. This study surveys 154 college students over 23 questions that include various demographics that can be used to look for discriminators, multiple-choice VR-related questions, as well as a few free-form questions about use of VR in learning environments. The students’ experience with, interest in, and thoughts on how to best use VR vary considerably. The Covid-19 pandemic is found to have limited impact thus far in terms of VR use, but the interest in using VR in schools since then has generally increased quite a bit. Commitment to invest in VR were it to be expanded and provide continual feedback varies quite a bit as well but is strong. A statistical 2 analysis shows that, at a high confidence level, males generally are more experienced with VR in general, have a greater interest in seeing VR implemented further, and are more committed to radical changes in educational methodology than females are. In addition, it is found that Hispanics/Latinos, Black / African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and those of mixed race are more inclined to provide continual feedback as regards the implementation of VR in the school curriculum than (non-Hispanic) White and Asian people are.

Pages

137

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