Book Chapter

Gearing up for Robotics: An investigation into the acquisition of the concepts associated with gears by teachers in a constructionist robotics environment

DE Lipson, J Murnane, A McDougall

International Federation for Information Processing -Publications- Ifip | Published : 2008

Abstract

This naturalistic, qualitative research investigated the extent and depth to which the perceived embedded educational skills and concepts associated with gears in a robotics environment were realized. The research literature revealed a paucity and confusion of description and definition of gears, and a lack of articulation of the embedded skills associated with gears. Based on some seminal research papers, a novel skills grid was developed as a measuring instrument, against which deep mining of the knowledge progress of the understanding of gears of four teachers was observed. The analysis of results pertaining to considered gear integration in the construction of a robot revealed that learn..

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