Educ Inf Technol https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-018-9729-z Exploring the potentials of educational robotics in the development of computational thinking: A summary of current research and practical proposal for future work 1 1 Andri Ioannou & Eria Makridou Received: 20 August 2017 /Accepted: 26 April 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Educational robotics are increasingly appearing in educational settings, being considered a useful supporting tool for the development of cognitive skills, including Computational Thinking (CT), for students of all ages. Meanwhile, there is an over- whelming argument that CT will be a fundamental skill needed for all individuals by the middle of the twenty-first century and thus, should be cultivated in the early school years, as part of the child’s analytical thinking and as a principal component of Science- Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) education. This study reviews published literature at the intersection of CT and educational robotics, particularly focused on the use of educational robotics for advancing students’ CT skills in K-12. The reviewed articles reveal initial evidence suggesting that educational robotics can foster students’ cognitive and social skills. The paper discusses specific areas for further inquiry by learning researchers and learning practitioners. Such inquiry should start from a widely
Education and Information Technologies – Springer Journals
Published: May 31, 2018
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