The architecture of children’s use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics

Mills, Kathy Ann, Chandra, Vinesh, & Park, Ji Yong (2013) The architecture of children’s use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics. Australian Educational Researcher, 40(3), pp. 315-337.

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This paper demonstrates, following Vygotsky, that language and tool use has a critical role in the collaborative problem-solving behaviour of school-age children. It reports original ethnographic classroom research examining the convergence of speech and practical activity in children’s collaborative problem solving with robotics programming tasks. The researchers analysed children’s interactions during a series of problem solving experiments in which Lego Mindstorms toolsets were used by teachers to create robotics design challenges among 24 students in a Year 4 Australian classroom (students aged 8.5–9.5 years). The design challenges were incrementally difficult, beginning with basic programming of straight line movement, and progressing to more complex challenges involving programming of the robots to raise Lego figures from conduit pipes using robots as pulleys with string and recycled materials. Data collection involved micro-genetic analysis of students’ speech interactions with tools, peers, and other experts, teacher interviews, and student focus group data. Coding the repeated patterns in the transcripts, the authors outline the structure of the children’s social speech in joint problem solving, demonstrating the patterns of speech and interaction that play an important role in the socialisation of the school-age child’s practical intellect.

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ID Code: 61314
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: literacy, language, speech, problem-solving, children, learning, collaborative, robotics, Vygotsky
DOI: 10.1007/s13384-013-0094-z
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2013 01:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 03:04

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