Teaching Upper-Atmospheric Meteorology Using Two- and Three-Dimensional Models a Pilot Study yb t itmo Hy w . Hwkinas , k yl aa J. k i p Ht a r , a n d Ja n e t s . s m it H pper-atmosphere meteorological concepts often hypothesized that males would outperform females confound introductory meteorology students. In especially when using the three-dimensional model, U particular, students are challenged by the three- given some studies showing differences in spatial pro- dimensional nature of constant-pressure surfaces. cessing abilities between males and females (see next This struggle is likely due, in part, to the fact that section). This study serves as an initial inquiry into nearly all representations of these three-dimensional this area of teaching research. By requiring relatively surfaces are presented in two dimensions. Recent little classroom time, this study helps to establish the research argues that spatial visualization in three merit of devoting significant classroom time to future dimensions can be improved through instruction. research. As the ultimate goal of any type of teaching However, several studies suggest that comprehension research is to improve student learning, it must first be of a three-dimensional environment does not neces- demonstrated that
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 2010
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