Share Paper: Middle School Children Participation in an Immersive Virtual Game Environment, Presence, and Piaget's Stages of Development

  1. Catherine C Schifter, Temple University, United States
  2. Diane Jass Ketelhut, Temple University, United States
  3. Brian C Nelson, Arizona State University, United States
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Abstract: In this paper we explore definitions of presence put forth over the last 20 years, and how these apply to middle school students. These students were engaged in an immersive virtual environment (SAVE Science) designed to assess their knowledge and use of scientific inquiry through several modules planned around curriculum being taught in middle schools in Pennsylvania, U.SA. This paper presents early findings in looking at 154 middle school students’ perceived sense of presence in one of two virtual games developed through the SAVE Science research project as demonstrated through a post module survey and a post module discussion with ...