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Title: Gender Differences in Confidence Levels, Group Interactions, and Feelings about Competition in an Introductory Robotics Course PDF
Url: http://www.iwitts.org/proven-practices/retention-sub-topics/bridge-cou...
Creator: Milto, Elissa
Portsmore, Merredith
Rogers, Chris
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Description: Classroom environment influences each student's educational experience. The aim of this classroom evaluation was to gain a better understanding of how each gender functions in an introductory robotics class, where LEGOs and ROBOLAB were used as a tool to teach engineering principles and basic robotics concepts. A better understanding of how each gender performs in reaction to the classroom setup will hopefully lead to the development of a learning environment that is mutually beneficial to each gender. The course, a general freshman introduction to engineering, targeted for this evaluation required students to complete robotic challenges while working within groups and participating in design competitions. The present evaluation explored gender differences in self-confidence levels related to robotic tasks, feelings toward competitions as a component of the course, and differences in the way males and females interact within groups. Assessment was conducted through interviews, observations, and written questionnaires. Competency in robotics activities was found to be similar although males were found to be more confident of their own abilities. Both genders felt the competitions were enjoyable and integral to the atmosphere of the class. Males in the class took the competitions more seriously than did the females. Building and programming robots were thought to be their greatest areas of learning by the women. Males, on the other hand, cited working in groups and learning to compromise as the areas where they made the greatest improvements.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Higher education -- Methods of study
Technology -- Mechanical engineering and machinery -- Mechanical devices and figures. Automata. Ingenious mechanisms. Robots (General)
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Instructional issues
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Key Concept: Mechanical engineering -- Robotics
Date Issued: 2002
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: IEEE
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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Resource URL Clicks: 7
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