Educational Robotics to develop of executive functions visual spatial abilities, planning and problem solving

Daniele La Barbera, Filippo La Paglia, Giuseppe Riva, Maria Margherita Francomano

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Abstract

Educational robotics is an innovative learning tool that offers students the opportunities to develop higher-order thinking skills. This research aims to verify the effectiveness of educational robotics on the mental processes of planning and problem solving. Robotics education involved in a curricular laboratory (10 meetings, two hours each, once a week) with 15 children, attending their fifth year at primary school. The proposed methodology was divided into three phases: Pre-test, Practice and Post-Test. The main finding was a significant improvement in visuo-spatial attention and a significant effect on robot programming skills. These data provide scientific support to the hypothesis that robotics activities are suitable in progressively improving abilities in planning and controlling complex tasks in children, fostering executive functions development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
JournalANNUAL REVIEW OF CYBERTHERAPY AND TELEMEDICINE
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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