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From Automation Joy To Perseverance In Engineering: How Parents Conceptualize The Impact Of Robotics On Their Children, Rashmi Kumar Jan 2012

From Automation Joy To Perseverance In Engineering: How Parents Conceptualize The Impact Of Robotics On Their Children, Rashmi Kumar

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The question guiding this research was, in what ways do parents perceive the impact of robotics in advancing their children’s interest in knowledge of and learning about science and engineering. This case study draws on communities of practice and activity theory to explore the lenses through which parents conceptualize the attributes of robotics towards increasing their children’s preparation and interest for engineering. The study revealed that parents perceive the acquisition of pertinent knowledge and skills as outcomes of interdisciplinary and authentic learning opportunities generated through series of goal directed activities. In addition, it was found that parents viewed ...


The Surprise Element: How Allaying Parents' Misconceptions Improves A Teacher's Communicative Process, Rashmi Kumar Jan 2010

The Surprise Element: How Allaying Parents' Misconceptions Improves A Teacher's Communicative Process, Rashmi Kumar

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Challenged by parents' misconceptions about the role of cooperative learning activities in developing their gifted children, a teacher began to mentor the parents. The act of mentoring those parents resulted in the teacher's longer-term professional development: specifically, creating a process of seeking structured feedback from parents and following up through iterative cycles of reflection, appraisal, and revision.

Many teachers can identify a critical learning juncture that has had a notable influence on their learning and professional growth. Often, teachers locate such epiphanies within everyday teaching practices, advanced studies, or opportunities for professional development (Clarke and Hollingsworth 1994, 2002). The ...