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Collaboration by Design: Using Robotics to Foster Social Interaction in Kindergarten

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Computers in the Schools Volume 30, Number 3, ISSN 0738-0569


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 participating in a kindergarten robotics summer workshop to determine the effect of teaching using a structured versus unstructured robotics curriculum on fostering peer-to-peer collaborative interactions. Results indicated that using a structured curriculum was associated with significantly less collaboration than an unstructured curriculum. Findings from this study indicated that to foster peer collaboration, a less structured learn-by-doing approach might be useful for teachers when integrating technology.


Lee, K.T.H., Sullivan, A. & Bers, M.U. (2013). Collaboration by Design: Using Robotics to Foster Social Interaction in Kindergarten. Computers in the Schools, 30(3), 271-281. Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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