Educational Robotics to develop executive functions visual spatial abilities, planning and problem solving

Giuseppe Riva, Filippo La Paglia, Maria Margherita Francomano, Daniele La Barbera

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Abstract

Educational robotics is an innovative learning tool that offers students the opportunities to develop higher-order thinking skills. This research aims to verify the effectiveness of educational robotics on the mental processes of planning and problem solving. Robotics education involved in a curricular laboratory (10 meetings, two hours each, once a week) with 15 children, attending their fifth year at primary school. The proposed methodology was divided into three phases: Pre-test, Practice and Post-Test. The main finding was a significant improvement in visuo-spatial attention and a significant effect on robot programming skills. These data provide scientific support to the hypothesis that robotics activities are suitable in progressively improving abilities in planning and controlling complex tasks in children, fostering executive functions development.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)80-86
Numero di pagine7
RivistaAnnual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine
Volume16
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018

Keywords

  • Educational Robotics
  • Learning
  • Metacognition
  • New Technology
  • Problem solving

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