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Title: A Study of Collaborative Knowledge Construction in STEM via Educational Robotics
Authors: Socratous, Chrysanthos
Ioannou, Andri
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. [ISLS].
Citation: Socratous, C. & Ioannou, A. (2018). A Study of Collaborative Knowledge Construction in STEM via Educational Robotics . In Kay, J. and Luckin, R. (Eds.) Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 1. London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The educational robotics learning environment can integrate the benefits of robotics technology, computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and problem-based pedagogy, in an authentic learning space simulating real-world problems. This study investigated primary school students’ patterns of knowledge construction in STEM, as they engaged in collaborative problem-solving using educational robotics. Data analysis involved micro-level examination of students’ discourse and interactions with the technology, peers and the teacher based on video recordings and delivered solutions (software programs and worksheets). The study presents three conditions that appear to relate to higher levels of knowledge construction: (i) embodied interaction with the robot; (ii) fair contribution by teammates adhering to predefined roles, and (iii) cognitive dissonance as a result of the robot’s failure to perform the expected outcome. The study contributes to the design of educational robotics learning environments and conditions for collaborative knowledge construction in the STEM field.
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