Examining engagement and achievement in learners with individual needs through robotic-based teaching sessions

Hughes-Roberts, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-3204-8610, Brown, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-1677-7485, Standen, P., Desideri, L., Negrini, M., Rouame, A., Malavasi, M., Wager, G. and Hasson, C., 2018. Examining engagement and achievement in learners with individual needs through robotic-based teaching sessions. British Journal of Educational Technology. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

Research suggests that robotics can provide an engaging learning experience for learners with special educational needs. However, further work is required to explore the impact of robots within the classroom, particularly for learners with intellectual disabilities (ID). This paper seeks to further explore the potential effects of robots on such learners through examining engagement and goal achievement within teaching sessions. Eleven participants with ID were recruited from two countries to take part in the study using an ABAB design where the participants acted as their own controls. An appropriate learning goal for each participant was selected by the teacher and equivalent control sessions designed seeking to achieve the same learning goal but without the robot. Engagement, using eye‐gaze, learning goal achievement with and without help and goals not achieved provided the outcome measures from the sessions. This study found no significant difference between the robot and the control sessions for any of the outcome measures utilized suggesting robots are as effective as teaching tools as traditional methods. Through an increased sample size and a rigorously applied experimental protocol, this study provides new data and methodological considerations for further work based on the techniques applied in this study.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Educational Technology
Creators: Hughes-Roberts, T., Brown, D., Standen, P., Desideri, L., Negrini, M., Rouame, A., Malavasi, M., Wager, G. and Hasson, C.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 18 December 2018
ISSN: 0007-1013
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10.1111/bjet.12722DOI
Rights: © 2018 the authors. British Journal of Educational Technology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of BERA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 21 Dec 2018 14:31
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2018 14:44
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35422

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