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ERIC Number: EJ1076452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Put Your Robot In, Put Your Robot Out: Sequencing through Programming Robots in Early Childhood
Kazakoff, Elizabeth R.; Bers, Marina Umaschi
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v50 n4 p553-573 Jun 2014
This article examines the impact of programming robots on sequencing ability in early childhood. Thirty-four children (ages 4.5-6.5 years) participated in computer programming activities with a developmentally appropriate tool, CHERP, specifically designed to program a robot's behaviors. The children learned to build and program robots over three sessions, of 1.5 hours duration each, in a laboratory setting. The participants' sequencing skills were assessed before and after the intervention using a picture-story sequencing task. Pre- and post-test scores were compared using a paired sample "t"-test. A significant increase in post-test scores compared to pre-test scores was found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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