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The Architecture Of Children's Use Of Language And Tools When Problem Solving Collaboratively With Robotics [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills, Vinesh Chandra, Ji Yong Park Aug 2013

The Architecture Of Children's Use Of Language And Tools When Problem Solving Collaboratively With Robotics [Accepted Manuscript], Kathy Mills, Vinesh Chandra, Ji Yong Park

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper demonstrates, following Vygotsky, that language and tool use has a critical role in the collaborative problem-solving behaviour of school-age children. It reports original ethnographic classroom research examining the convergence of speech and practical activity in children's collaborative problem solving with robotics programming tasks. The researchers analysed children's interactions during a series of problem solving experiments in which Lego Mindstorms toolsets were used by teachers to create robotics design challenges among 24 students in a Year 4 Australian classroom (students aged 8.5-9.5 years). The design challenges were incrementally difficult, beginning with basic programming of straight ...


Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris May 2013

Supporting Inquiry In The Primary Years - Children's Science Questions And How Teachers Deal With Them, Kathrine Harris

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From 2013, Australian teachers of Preparatory Year to Year 10 will be required to fully implement the new Australian Curriculum: Science. An insight into what science questions children may ask would be beneficial in light of teachers' interaction with this new curriculum over the coming years. This study investigated the types of science questions children have in response to a visual stimulus of lunar phenomena. It also examined teachers' responses to those questions. A review of the literature highlighted the importance of children's questions, however, there had been considerable research about teachers' questions and proportionally little about children's ...