An eye tracking study of graphic representation in biology

Chao Tsung Hsieh, Meichun Lydia Wen

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the role of graphic representations in the learning of biology domain. We examined 34 college students' eye movements while observing the plant tissues graphics through eye tracker. The students were divided into two groups: the biology group (N=17) and the non-biology group (N=17). Analyzing eye movement data and mental effort rating, we found that all college students had higher cognitive load and longer cognitive processes when they observed the textbook graphics compared with the authentic graphs. There were also differences in attention distribution in two graphs. Students in non-biology group had more fixations on text area than the other group. We considered that the two groups had dissimilar patterns in learning graphic representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages450-454
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Event20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 2012 Nov 262012 Nov 30

Other

Other20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12-11-2612-11-30

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Hsieh, C. T., & Wen, M. L. (2012). An eye tracking study of graphic representation in biology. 450-454. Paper presented at 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012, Singapore, Singapore.