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What pupils can learn from working with robotic direct manipulation environments

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What pupils can learn from working with robotic direct manipulation environments

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This study investigates what pupils aged 10-12 can learn from working with robots, assuming that understanding robotics is a sign of technological literacy. We conducted cognitive and conceptual analysis to develop a frame of reference for determining pupils' understanding of robotics. Four perspectives were distinguished with increasing sophistication; psychological, technological, function, and controlled system. Using Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, as an example of a Direct Manipulation Environment, we developed and conducted a lesson plan to investigate pupils' reasoning patterns. There is ample evidence that pupils have little difficulty in understanding that robots are man-made technological and functional artifacts. Pupils' understanding of the controlled system concept, more specifically the complex sense-reason-act loop that is characteristic of robotics, can be fostered by means of problem solving tasks. The results are discussed with respect to pupils' developing technological literacy and the possibilities for teaching and learning in primary education.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
AfdelingFontys PABO Limburg
LectoraatLectoraat Science en techniek in het basisonderwijs
Gepubliceerd inInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education Springer, Vol. 21, Uitgave: 4, Pagina's: 449-469
Datum2010-07-30
TypeArtikel
ISSN0957-7572
TaalEngels

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