PIXELS: COMPARING CLASSROOM-BASED AND FIELD-BASED LEARNING TO INVESTIGATE STUDENTS’ CONCEPTS OF PIXELS AND SENSE OF SCALE
In this exploratory study, students (N=15) in a geoscience education class at California State University Fullerton engaged in a classroom exercise designed to mirror how a field-based activity might impact their sense of scale and develop their conceptions of pixels in remotely sensed imagery. Prior to the activity, students completed the Scale of Objects Questionnaire and an open-ended Concepts of Pixels questionnaire. Students interrogated field radiometry data in a GIS representing a 1 m square (representing a WorldView sensor’s pixel), a 30 m square (a Landsat pixel) and a 500 m square (a MODIS pixel). This was repeated in two different areas, one with homogenous reflectance, and another with heterogeneous reflectance. After the exercise, students again completed the Concepts of Pixels instrument and a demographic survey, and an optional journal reflection entry on the class activity.
Here we will share the effects and efficacy of the classroom exercise and compare it with a similar field-based intervention to teach remote sensing concepts. This study investigates potential relationships between students’ concepts of pixels and sense of scale as well as the relative success of classroom vs. field-based interventions.