Dual roles of educational robotics in management education: Pedagogical means and learning outcomes

  • Anne L. L. TangEmail author
  • Vincent Wing Sun Tung
  • Tiffany O. Cheng


This conceptual paper explores the pedagogical implications of educational robotics (ER) in management education. Premised on Vygotsky’s social constructivism, this paper conceptualizes ER as a stimulus for serving dual roles, as a pedagogical means and as a learning outcome, by presenting a number of justifications and viable approaches. This paper suggests that ER presents a number of opportunities for facilitating learner-centred, experiential, and collaborative pedagogical approaches to address different learning needs and knowledge levels. Based on a critical analysis of current literature with examples of ER in different fields, ER could be conceptualized as a tool to be integrated into a holistic pedagogical strategy to equip management students with management knowledge and skills, technical competences, and transferable skills for their benefits of learning facilitation.


Educational robotics Social constructivism Pedagogy Learning outcomes Management education Higher education 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Hotel and Tourism ManagementThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong

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