University of Oulu

Benefits and challenges of adopting virtual reality in primary education

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Author: Sipilä, Janne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
Pages: 21
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : J. Sipilä, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-01
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


This bachelor’s thesis discusses the suitability of virtual reality in primary education. Therefore, the research question is: “How can virtual reality benefit primary school education and what are the challenges of adopting it”. First this paper focuses on what is virtual reality and how it can be used in education. Then this research considers the benefits and challenges of adopting virtual reality technology in primary education.

The reason for this research is that currently virtual reality has not yet been adopted properly in educational fields, except for some early adopters or some specific higher education. Virtual reality has had too many technological challenges for it to have been properly adopted in primary education. Therefore, problems like money and lack of technology have limited the adoption of it, but more recent innovations may have changed the situation. As such, a review was needed to evaluate the current feasibility and state of virtual reality in primary education.

The method for this research was literature review. Fair amount of studies have been conducted regarding virtual reality, with some focusing directly on different aspects of education. This paper discussed and compiled the existing literature and drew conclusions based on them.

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