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

CONTI, Daniela, DI NUOVO, Santo and DI NUOVO, Alessandro (2019). Kindergarten Children Attitude Towards Humanoid Robots: what is the Effect of the First Experience? In: Proceedings of the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. IEEE.

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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 preschooler 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.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: ISSN: 2167-2148
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/HRI.2019.8673204
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 13:47
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 10:45
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23722

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