Chapter 8 Uses of Augmented Reality in Biology Education

In: Augmented Reality in Educational Settings

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Abstract

One of the options for increasing the appeal of STEM subjects among children and students, the future work force from Generations Z and Alpha, is using different innovative and engaging methods when teaching STEM subjects. Information technology provides us with many opportunities in the field of education, of which Augmented Reality (AR) is one. Quantitative results indicate that, compared to the human-guidance-only model, augmented reality-based learning systems successfully stimulate positive emotions and improve learning outcomes among learners. In addition, AR technology supports students in complex understanding of the subject nature, in our study, the subject of Biology. Based on experiments of previous authors we believe that augmented reality can be used in the field of human, animal or plant anatomy, morphology, and physiology, and not only in secondary education, but also in primary education. In our study, we focus on undergraduate students, future primary school teachers, future teachers from Generation Z in the field of biology education as one part of the science-oriented education. We focus on students’ awareness of the Augmented Reality Apps, their engagement with them as well as their attitude to them and their willingness of using them and incorporating them into education, taking into account the developmental stages of kids’ thinking.

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