Possible applications of robots are growing in educational contexts, where they can support and enhance the traditional learning at any level, including kindergarten. However, the acceptance of such novel technology among the kids is not fully understood, especially for the youngest ones. In this abstract, we present an experiment that investigates the attitude of 52 pre-schooler children before and after the interaction with a humanoid robot in kindergarten setting. The main hypothesis is that ideas and prejudices can change after a controlled interaction with a physical robot. The study found that children exposed to the robot decrease their distress and positively change their attitude toward the technological device. The results suggest that an early, controlled exposure may facilitate future acceptance.

Kindergarten Children Attitude Towards Humanoid Robots: What is the Effect of the First Experience?

Conti D.;Di Nuovo S.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Di Nuovo A.
2019

Abstract

Possible applications of robots are growing in educational contexts, where they can support and enhance the traditional learning at any level, including kindergarten. However, the acceptance of such novel technology among the kids is not fully understood, especially for the youngest ones. In this abstract, we present an experiment that investigates the attitude of 52 pre-schooler children before and after the interaction with a humanoid robot in kindergarten setting. The main hypothesis is that ideas and prejudices can change after a controlled interaction with a physical robot. The study found that children exposed to the robot decrease their distress and positively change their attitude toward the technological device. The results suggest that an early, controlled exposure may facilitate future acceptance.
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