ERIC Number: EJ1023088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Collaboration by Design: Using Robotics to Foster Social Interaction in Kindergarten
Lee, Kenneth T. H.; Sullivan, Amanda; Bers, Marina U.
Computers in the Schools, v30 n3 p271-281 2013
Research shows the importance of social interaction between peers in child development. Although technology can foster peer interactions, teachers often struggle with teaching with technology. This study examined a sample of (n = 19) children participating in a kindergarten robotics summer workshop to determine the effect of teaching using a structured versus unstructured robotics curriculum on fostering peer-to-peer collaborative interactions. Results indicated that using a structured curriculum was associated with significantly less collaboration than an unstructured curriculum. Findings from this study indicated that to foster peer collaboration, a less structured learn-by-doing approach might be useful for teachers when integrating technology.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Robotics, Kindergarten, Child Development, Peer Relationship, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods, Constructivism (Learning), Summer Science Programs, Workshops, Matched Groups, Programming, Interaction Process Analysis, Group Dynamics, Young Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts