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Learning to Program with Personal Robots: Influences on Student Motivation

Learning to Program with Personal Robots: Influences on Student Motivation Learning to Program with Personal Robots: In ‚uences on Student Motivation MONICA M. MCGILL, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, USA One of the goals of using robots in introductory programming courses is to increase motivation among learners. There have been several types of robots that have been used extensively in the classroom to teach a variety of computer science concepts. A more recently introduced robot designed to teach programming to novice students is the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) robot. The author chose to use this robot and study its motivational effects on non-computer science students in a CS0 course. The purpose of this study was to determine whether using the IPRE robots motivates students to learn programming in a CS0 course. After considering various motivational theories and instruments designed to measure motivation, the author used Keller ™s Instructional Materials Motivation Survey to measure four components of motivation: attention, relevance, con dence, and satisfaction. Additional items were added to the survey, including a set of open-ended questions. The results of this study indicate that the use of these robots had a positive in ‚uence on participants ™ attitudes towards learning to program in a CS0 course, but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) Association for Computing Machinery

Learning to Program with Personal Robots: Influences on Student Motivation

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Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1946-6226
DOI
10.1145/2133797.2133801
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Abstract

Learning to Program with Personal Robots: In ‚uences on Student Motivation MONICA M. MCGILL, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, USA One of the goals of using robots in introductory programming courses is to increase motivation among learners. There have been several types of robots that have been used extensively in the classroom to teach a variety of computer science concepts. A more recently introduced robot designed to teach programming to novice students is the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE) robot. The author chose to use this robot and study its motivational effects on non-computer science students in a CS0 course. The purpose of this study was to determine whether using the IPRE robots motivates students to learn programming in a CS0 course. After considering various motivational theories and instruments designed to measure motivation, the author used Keller ™s Instructional Materials Motivation Survey to measure four components of motivation: attention, relevance, con dence, and satisfaction. Additional items were added to the survey, including a set of open-ended questions. The results of this study indicate that the use of these robots had a positive in ‚uence on participants ™ attitudes towards learning to program in a CS0 course, but

Journal

ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE)Association for Computing Machinery

Published: Mar 1, 2012

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