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Teachers’ and children’s use of words during early childhood STEM teaching supported by robotics
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Kristianstad University, Research Platform Collaboration for Education. Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Forskningsmiljön Barndom, Lärande och Utbildning (BALU). (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0513-1221
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Research environment Learning in Science and Mathematics (LISMA). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Kristianstad University, Research Platform Collaboration for Education. (LISMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4792-8749
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Early Years Education, ISSN 0966-9760, E-ISSN 1469-8463, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

With science and digitalisation emphasised further in the new Swedish preschool curriculum, there is a need to clarify teachers’ role in educating children in and about these areas. With research pointing out the importance of a conscious language use in STEM teaching, we here focus on words used by teachers and children during inquiry-based STEM activities in five different preschools. Bers’ powerful ideas about early childhood computational thinking (Bers 2018. Coding as a Playground. New York: Routledge.) were used for analysis and results highlight how digital programming and use of robots can promote a more versatile use of robotic words, compared to analogue, ‘unplugged’, programming without robots. Furthermore, it is also found that use of precise decontextualised language by the teacher seems to stimulate children’s use of words related to STEM and the object of learning. The findings add to the discussion about how teachers can scaffold children’s learning by inquiry teaching of STEM supported by robotics.

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2021. p. 1-16
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Early childhood education; STEM; robotics; communication; preschool teachers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-21679DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2021.1892599OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-21679DiVA, id: diva2:1530834
Available from: 2021-02-24 Created: 2021-02-24 Last updated: 2021-03-19Bibliographically approved

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