If I had a Robot it should do Everything for me: Children’s Attitudes to Robots in Everyday Life

By Thomas Bjørner.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper presents evaluation research studying Danish children’s attitudes towards robotic technologies. The purpose of the paper is to focus on children’s contextualisation and evaluation of different robotic technologies and discuss an approach combining contextual and technical issues in a learning context. It appears from this study that children know pretty much about robots, and they distinguish between different kinds of robots, and their attitudes towards robots is rather complex. It seems that children evaluate robots from four elements of technology, which consist of technical perspectives, sociological perspectives, knowledge perspectives and cultural perspectives. The paper is based on comparisons between two groups of children aged 9-14 with different experiences of building a robot. One group participated in the robotic competition First Lego League (FLL), which goal is to give children positive attitudes towards science and technology, including robots. The other group of children (coming from the same geographic area) did not participate in FLL.

Keywords: First Lego League, Robots, Attitudes, Technological Literacy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.243-254. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.365MB).

Thomas Bjørner

Assistant Professor, Media Technology, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

My research focus is on the social use of different media in learning context. The purpose of my research is to focus on the social use and take the everyday life in account. My background is from a sociological field, and I have previous done research in Interactive Television.

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