Maria C. R. Harrington

PhD in Information Science

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Slippery Rock University (

Overview of Virtual Reality for Education: My research focuses on Simulated Ecological Environments, a type of 3D computer graphic virtual reality for education. It is a type of spatial cognitive ecology and my research aim is to develop quantitative models representing the intersection of the child's mental model, the virtual environment and the user interface. I hope to answer questions on how humans perceive, detect and identify objects in the natural world. The work may also contribute to the development of search and navigation tools that support children in independent exploration and intrinsic, deep learning and acts of creation.

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Harrington, Maria C. R. (2010): Empirical Evidence of Priming, Transfer, Reinforcement, and Learning in the Real and Virtu. In IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 0 (0) pp. .

Harrington, Maria C. R. (2009): An Ethnographic Comparison of Real and Virtual Reality Field Trips to Trillium Trail: The . In Children, Youth and Environments, 19 (1) pp. .

Harrington, Maria C. R. (2009): Meta-ontologies for learning in virtual and augmented realities. In: ACM SIGCHI IDC June 3-5, 2009, Como, Italy.

Harrington, Maria C. R. (2006): Trees of life: models of children\'s creative processes. In: Proceedings of DIS06: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2006, . pp. 360-362.

Harrington, Maria C. R. (2006): Situational learning in real and virtual space: lessons learned and future directions. In: International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques archive ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Educators program July 30-August 3, 2006, Boston, MA.