Having an Einstein in Class. Teaching Maths with Robots is Different for Boys and Girls∗

Ivy S. Huang, Johan F. Hoorn

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Abstract

We conducted an experiment with Chinese schoolchildren being taught symbolic reasoning and solving equations of the form 2y + 3 = 7, using a Hanson Einstein robot together with video instruction. The children were unfamiliar to solving equations like these (baseline 0) and after robot tutoring, they were tested for learning outcomes, while they rated their appreciation of the robot. We found a crossover interaction effect of boys learning more from video and girls more from the robot. The effect was catalytic in that only the combination of factors worked (no main effects). Results are discussed in view of gender-specific technology application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 13th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages424-427
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538673454
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2019
Event13th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2018 - Changsa, China
Duration: 4 Jul 20188 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation (WCICA)
Volume2018-July

Conference

Conference13th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation, WCICA 2018
Country/TerritoryChina
CityChangsa
Period4/07/188/07/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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