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Lego robotics : an authentic problem solving tool?

Castledine, Alanah-Rei (2011) Lego robotics : an authentic problem solving tool? In Hudson, Peter B., Chandra, Vinesh, King, Donna T., & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) Proceedings of the STEM in Education Conference 2010, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

With the current curriculum focus on correlating classroom problem solving lessons to real-world contexts, are LEGO robotics an effective problem solving tool? This present study was designed to investigate this question and to ascertain what problem solving strategies primary students engaged with when working with LEGO robotics and whether the students were able to effectively relate their problem solving strategies to real-world contexts. The qualitative study involved 23 Grade 6 students participating in robotics activities. The study included data collected from researcher observations of student problem solving discussions, collected software programs, and data from a student completed questionnaire. Results from the study indicated that the robotic activities assisted students to reflect on the problem-solving decisions they made. The study also highlighted that the students were able to relate their problem solving strategies to real-world contexts. The study demonstrated that while LEGO robotics can be considered useful problem solving tools in the classroom, careful teacher scaffolding needs to be implemented in regards to correlating LEGO with authentic problem solving. Further research in regards to how teachers can best embed real-world contexts into effective robotics lessons is recommended.

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ID Code: 42395
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Lego robotics , Problem solving, Real-world contexts
ISBN: 9780646558127
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Alanah-Rei Castledine
Copyright Statement: All papers included in the proceedings went through a double blind review process. Some authors may have submitted revised versions following this process. Copyright of the paper remains with the author(s). Views of the authors may not necessarily be the views of their representative institutes or the STEM committee. Paper and author information displayed is based on the information available at 31 January 2011. Author details can be found on each paper.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2011 12:03
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 19:37

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