The practical application of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics kits: does it enhance undergraduate computing students' engagement in learning the Java programming language?

Tsang, Ethan, Gavan, Collette and Anderson, Mark (2014) The practical application of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics kits: does it enhance undergraduate computing students' engagement in learning the Java programming language? SIGITE '14 Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on Information technology education, 15-18 October 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, pp. 121-126, ISBN 978-1-4503-2686-5, DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2656450.2656454.

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Abstract

This research investigates the extent to which the practical application of robotics affects undergraduate computing students' engagement in learning the Java programming language. Current literature suggests that the practical application of objects enables students to engage and understand concepts within engineering, robotics and computing disciplines easier than purely theoretical teaching methods. This research measures student engagement based on affective, behavioural, cognitive and performance engagement factors. Questionnaires, interviews and observations were exercised in order to explore the reasons that student engagement is affected. The findings suggest that the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics are positively engaging students to learn the Java programming language at an undergraduate level. Negative aspects, of limitations and non-participation, may be explained through external factors including the structure of the module and peer and social pressure.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computing and Information Systems
Education
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 16:25
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/6225

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