The impact of virtual reality on the awareness of teenagers to social and emotional experiences of immigrants classmates
The current study examined the use of VR (Virtual Reality) and its affect on the
degree of awareness of 178 seventh and eighth graders to the emotional and social
experiences of a new immigrant during his or her first months in the adoptive country.
Students native to the adoptive country were divided into two groups: an experimental
group, which tried out VR worlds designed to simulate the emotional and social feelings
and experiences of a new immigrant teen, and a control group which viewed a movie on the
same subject. In addition, we have examined another group of teen immigrants who
provided us with a benchmark of the degree of awareness to be measured. Their responses
were compared to those of native teenagers of the adoptive country. All the subjects
responded to an awareness questionnaire before and after the experiment (Sever 1977), and
had a personal interview before and after the experiment as well. The results indicate that
the experience of a VR simulated emotional and social experiences of a recent immigrant
teen has intensified the emotional and social awareness of the experiment group while the
movie intensified the social feelings only in the control group.
Passig, D., Eden, S., & Heled, M. (2007).
The impact of virtual reality on the awareness of teenagers to social and emotional experiences of immigrants classmates. Education and Information Technologies, 12 (4), 267-280.
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