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Sullivan, Florence R.; Heffernan, John – Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 2016
This article presents a systematic review of research related to the use of robotics construction kits (RCKs) in P-12 learning in the STEM disciplines for typically developing children. The purpose of this review is to configure primarily qualitative and mixed methods findings from studies meeting our selection and quality criterion to answer the…
Descriptors: Robotics, Manipulative Materials, STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Sullivan, Florence R.; Keith, Kevin; Wilson, Nicholas C. – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2016
This study investigates how students who are peripherally positioned in computer science-based, collaborative group work meaningfully engage with the group activity in order to learn. Our research took place in the context of a one-day, all-girl robotics workshop, in which the participants were learning to program robotic devices. A total of 17…
Descriptors: Computer Science, Robotics, Females, Cooperative Learning
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Sullivan, Florence R. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2008
This paper reports the results of a study of the relationship of robotics activity to the use of science literacy skills and the development of systems understanding in middle school students. Twenty-six 11-12-year-olds (22 males and 4 females) attending an intensive robotics course offered at a summer camp for academically advanced students…
Descriptors: Advanced Students, Science Process Skills, Scientific Literacy, Robotics
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Sullivan, Florence R. – Educational Technology & Society, 2011
This paper presents the results of a micro-genetic analysis of the development of a creative solution arrived at by students working collaboratively to solve a robotics problem in a sixth grade science classroom. Results indicate that four aspects of the enacted curriculum proved important to developing the creative solution, including the…
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Inquiry, Grade 6, Creative Thinking
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Sullivan, Florence R.; Moriarty, Mary A. – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2009
Much educational software is designed from a specific pedagogical stance. How teachers conceive of the pedagogical stance underlying the design will affect how they utilize the technology; these conceptions may vary from teacher to teacher and from teacher to designer. There may be a conflict between the designer's pedagogical beliefs inscribed in…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Educational Technology, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Sullivan, Florence R.; Wilson, Nicholas C. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
This case study examines the role of playful talk in negotiating the "how" of collaborative group work in a 6th-grade science classroom. Here we develop and test a Vygotsky-derived hypothesis that postulates playful talk as a mechanism for identity exploration and group status negotiation. Our findings indicate that students utilized the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cooperative Learning, Grade 6, Science Instruction