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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 ...