Playing with simple robotics

a tool for mathematics learning in the early years

Kate Highfield

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Abstract

This paper describes the mathematical engagement of 31 children, aged three to seven years as they participated in a twelve-week program using simple robotics. The study examined the children's mathematical learning and play in two contexts: a prior-to-school setting and Grade One in a primary school. Data collated from video taped experiences, semi-structured interviews and children's representations highlighted the rich mathematics learning in number, space and measurement. Children engaged in a cycle of programming the robotic toys that promoted reflective problem solving.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings : tasks and tools in elementary mathematics
EditorsJarmila Novotna, Hana Moraova
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCharles University, Faculty of Education
Pages122-130
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9788072906376
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching - Prague
Duration: 18 Aug 201323 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching
CityPrague
Period18/08/1323/08/13

Keywords

  • simple robotics
  • young children
  • problem-solving
  • representation

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    Highfield, K. (2013). Playing with simple robotics: a tool for mathematics learning in the early years. In J. Novotna, & H. Moraova (Eds.), International Symposium on Elementary Mathematics Teaching: proceedings : tasks and tools in elementary mathematics (pp. 122-130). Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Education.