ERIC Number: EJ878615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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Characteristics of Learning Computer-Controlled Mechanisms by Teachers and Students in a Common Laboratory Environment
Korchnoy, Evgeny; Verner, Igor M.
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v20 n2 p217-237 May 2010
Growing popularity of robotics education motivates developing its didactics and studying it in teacher training programs. This paper presents a study conducted in the Department of Education in Technology and Science, Technion, in which university students and school pupils cope with robotics challenges of designing, building and operating computer-controlled mechanisms. The university students were involved in developing robot prototypes and related instructional materials, and assisted in teaching robotics and guiding projects to middle school and high school pupils. The study focused on behaviors of the two groups of learners and aimed to elicit and analyze typical characteristics of learning in the developed robotics environment. We collected qualitative data on learning through robot design and experimentation activities and, by means of the ground theory method, elicited and analyzed typical behavioral characteristics of students' and pupils' learning: self-confidence, help, collaboration, interest, seriousness, self-dependence, learning effort, responsibility, coping with learning pressure, learning through observation, and perseverance. As found, the behavior characteristics evolve in the course of robotics studies and their evolution can give indication on the development of the desired competences.
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Robotics, Student Characteristics, Science Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education, Universities, College Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Learning Processes, Student Behavior
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