Using educational robotics to foster girls’ interest in STEM: A systematic review

B. Pedersen, Bente Weigelin, Jørgen Larsen, Jacob Nielsen

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Abstract

With this paper we present the first – to our knowledge – systematic review on how to use Educational Robotics to foster girls’ interest in STEM. This is a research area essential to broadening the participation across the genders in the much-needed STEM workforce, whose size is currently held back by a significant gender disparity. In the review, 13 (quasi-)experimental studies were selected for synthesis, from a total of 1093 results found across multiple search queries applied to six scientific databases. When synthesizing the results and findings from the included studies, four major categories of research interest were identified. On the basis hereof, a list of recommendations, which are readily implementable in most curriculums for both compulsory education and extracurricular activities, was established. The recommendations revolve around: The choice of technology, applied contextualization, approaches to teaching, and gender compositions. In addition, we discuss the current extent of research on the topic, which shows indications of becoming more active in recent years, while likewise discussing the reviews implications for future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2021
Pages865-872
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0492-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021 - Virtual, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8. Aug 202112. Aug 2021

Conference

Conference30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Vancouver
Period08/08/202112/08/2021
SeriesIEEE RO-MAN proceedings
ISSN1944-9445

Keywords

  • Educational Robots
  • STEM

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