Influences of gender and socioeconomic status on children’s use of robotics in early childhood education: A systematic review

Jiahong SU, Weipeng YANG, Yuchun ZHONG

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Abstract

Research Findings: This review focuses on the use of robotics in early childhood education (ECE), addressing gender and socioeconomic status (SES) differences in young children’s robotics learning. This review systematically evaluates, synthesizes, and displays the research designs, robotic toys, data collection instruments, research methods, and research findings of 15 studies related to this critical issue published from 1984 to 2021. The findings of the review indicate that children’s robotics-based learning is impacted by gender and their socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Boys had a considerably higher level of enjoyment in interacting with robotics than girls. Furthermore, low-income families and low parental education resulted in poor robotics-based learning experiences and outcomes for children. Practice or Policy: It is significant to devote attention to developing effective and inclusive robotics education programs for girls and children from less advantaged backgrounds. More robotics education interventions should be conducted in broader contexts to benefit a wider range of children, especially those from a lower-SES background. Copyright © 2022 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Education and Development
Early online dateMay 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May 2022

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Su, J., Yang, W., & Zhong, Y. (2022). Influences of gender and socioeconomic status on children’s use of robotics in early childhood education: A systematic review. Early Education and Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2022.2078617

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