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Title: The case of classroom robots: teachers’ deliberations on the ethical tensions
Authors: Serholt, S.
Barendregt, W.
Vasalou, A.
Alves-Oliveira, P.
Jones, A.
Petisca, S.
Paiva, A.
Keywords: Educational robots
Social implications
Teachers perspectives
Thematic analysis
Focus group
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: Robots are increasingly being studied for use in education. It is expected that robots will have the potential to facilitate children’s learning and function autonomously within real classrooms in the near future. Previous research has raised the importance of designing acceptable robots for different practices. In parallel, scholars have raised ethical concerns surrounding children interacting with robots. Drawing on a Responsible Research and Innovation perspective, our goal is to move away from research concerned with designing features that will render robots more socially acceptable by end users toward a reflective dialogue whose goal is to consider the key ethical issues and long-term consequences of implementing classroom robots for teachers and children in primary education. This paper presents the results from several focus groups conducted with teachers in three European countries. Through a thematic analysis, we provide a theoretical account of teachers’ perspectives on classroom robots pertaining to privacy, robot role, effects on children and responsibility. Implications for the field of educational robotics are discussed.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s00146-016-0667-2
ISSN: 0951-5666
Accession number: WOS:000413548000014
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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