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Early Childhood Research & Practice Vol. 12, No. 2 (2010)
This article describes the TangibleK robotics program for young children. Based on over a decade of research, this program is grounded on the belief that teaching children about the human-made world, the realm of technology and engineering, is as...
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 16, No. 6 (December 2007) pp. 537–552
This paper presents Project InterActions, a series of 5-week workshops in which very young learners (4- to 7-year-old children) and their parents come together to build and program a personally meaningful robotic project in the context of a...
Teaching Partnerships: Early Childhood and Engineering Students Teaching Math and Science through Robotics
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 2005) pp. 59–73
This paper presents an innovative approach to introducing pre-service early childhood teachers to math, science and technology education. The approach involves the creation of partnerships between pre-service early childhood and engineering students ...
"I Want My Robot to Look for Food": Comparing Kindergartner's Programming Comprehension Using Tangible, Graphic, and Hybrid User Interfaces
International Journal of Technology and Design Education Vol. 25, No. 3 (August 2015) pp. 293–319
In recent years, educational robotics has become an increasingly popular research area. However, limited studies have focused on differentiated learning outcomes based on type of programming interface. This study aims to explore how successfully...
Computers in the Schools Vol. 30, No. 3 (2013) pp. 271–281
Research shows the importance of social interaction between peers in child development. Although technology can foster peer interactions, teachers often struggle with teaching with technology. This study examined a sample of (n = 19) children...
Computers & Education Vol. 138, No. 1 (September 2019) pp. 130–145
In recent years, there has been a push to introduce coding and computational thinking in early childhood education, and robotics is an excellent tool to achieve this. However, the integration of these fundamental skills into formal and official...
Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual Vol. 2002, No. 1 (2002) pp. 123–145
This article presents a constructionist approach to introducing technology, in particular robotics, in the early childhood classroom. The authors demonstrate how this approach is well suited, since the four basic tenets of constructionism have a...