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USING CONCEPT MAPPING TO COMPARE INTENTIONALLY TAUGHT OUTCOMES WITH ACTUAL OUTCOMES OF A PREKINDERGARTEN ROBOTICS AND PROBLEM SOLVING CURRICULUM

McLemore, Bronwyn and Wehry, Stephanie and Carlson, Deborah L USING CONCEPT MAPPING TO COMPARE INTENTIONALLY TAUGHT OUTCOMES WITH ACTUAL OUTCOMES OF A PREKINDERGARTEN ROBOTICS AND PROBLEM SOLVING CURRICULUM.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to share knowledge gained using a comparison of a master concept map of lessons in which the children participated to concept maps created from children’s interviews asking about their learning during the lessons. The lessons were part of the Robotics and Programming for Prekindergarten (RAPP) project, designed to teach 4- and 5-year old children about robotics, programming, and problem solving. The RAPP implementation that is reported in this paper occurred in five classrooms located in two childcare centers. One piece of the evaluation of the project was interviewing children near the beginning and end of implementation to assess their knowledge of both robotics and problem solving. Researchers transcribed the interviews and created concept maps from each transcription. These interview concept maps were compared to a master concept map of RAPP instruction. Comparisons showed that the teachers used the robot with their children independently of RAPP researchers and introduced some concepts earlier than the researchers. Comparisons demonstrated areas of strength in the lessons (vocabulary cards and songs), and identified areas which needed improvement (last two steps of the problem solving process). Researchers will use the findings to strengthen the RAPP curriculum, and will continue using this process of using concept maps to compare what we are teaching to what children are actually learning in future research projects.

Item Type: Article
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Depositing User: Claudia Martínez
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 07:29
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/478

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