Using the Virtual-I Cube Laboratory Applications to Teach Geography to Social Sciences-Female Students, Faculty of Education, Qatar University
The goal of the study is to identify the effectiveness of using the technological application of the virtual I cube laboratory in teaching subjects of general geography curriculum in Qatar University. The problem is that female student, specialized in social sciences at the Faculty of Education, has complained about the difficulty of such subjects. So, their achievement level is very low. The available applications of the Virtual-I Cube Lab, which are suitable for the content of the most difficult topics, have been delimited. Accordingly, the solar system application is selected and is planned to be used in teaching two topics: ‘the global galaxy’ and ‘the components of the solar system’ in three lectures. The experiment is administered to 48 student teachers divided into two groups: experimental and control. The experimental group consists of 23 students who have studied the subject in the virtual-I cube lab. The control group consists of 25 students who have studied the same subject in the normal lecture room. The main tool of the study is an achievement test designed to measure information and concepts included in the content of the experiment. This test is pre and post administered to the two groups. Data is analyzed using the T-Test for checking the differences between the two groups. The result is that there are statistical differences between the two groups, in favour of the experimental one, at the level of (0.01) between the average degrees of the two groups, concerning attaining information and geographical concepts. The value of the calculated T-Test is 6.09.
Keywords - Virtual-I Cube, to Teaching Geography,