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Factors Influencing the Sustainability of Robot Supported Math Learning in Basic School

  • Janika LeosteEmail author
  • Mati Heidmets
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1092)

Abstract

Many countries are trying to enhance math learning by bringing technology into classroom. Educational robots are frequently considered as one of such technologies with the benefits of improving math learning motivation of students and helping them to acquire abstract math concepts. However, teachers often prefer traditional teaching methods, making innovation unsustainable. In this paper we used the feedback from 133 Estonian math teachers to study the factors that influence the sustainability of robot supported math teaching. Results indicate that there are two types of problems that teachers face when conducting robot supported math lessons. First, the problems that are caused by the initially inadequate method-related skills of teachers and students. These problems are fading over times, especially when teachers are able to use the help from a school-university partnership. Secondly, there are problems that cannot be eliminated by teachers or students by themselves, for example problems caused by shared use of robots. Our analysis of the experience of participating teachers indicates that making robot supported math teaching sustainable requires an additional systematic support from school management.

Keywords

Educational robots Technology enhanced learning Robot supported learning School university partnership Math 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 669074.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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