A model of how children construct knowledge and understanding of engineering design within robotics focused contexts
Timothy Yuen, University of Texas at San Antonio ; Jennifer Stone, Wichita State University ; Don Davis, Alvaro Gomez, Adrienne Guillen, Erin Price Tiger, Melanie Boecking, University of Texas at San Antonio
IJRSET Volume 5, Number 1, ISSN 2243-7738 Publisher: Consortia Academia Publishing
The use of robotics to support instruction and learning has gained increasing attention from many areas of educational research. Researchers conducted a qualitative examination of elementary and middle school students’ approaches to engineering design in the context of a summer robotics camp. Analyses of the findings were used to generate a grounded theory indicating that two complementary conceptual frameworks in engineering design with respect to robotics activities guide students. Namely, students’ understanding of robots is facilitated by embodied cognition and systems thinking approaches. This study presents a potentially significant finding as both embodied cognition and systems thinking have been identified as significantly beneficial in supporting students’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning.
Yuen, T., Stone, J., Davis, D., Gomez, A., Guillen, A., Price Tiger, E. & Boecking, M. (2015). A model of how children construct knowledge and understanding of engineering design within robotics focused contexts. International Journal of Research Studies in Educational Technology, 5(1),. Consortia Academia Publishing.
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