Girls teach themselves, and boys too: Peer learning in a computer-based design and construction activity
Computers & Education Volume 29, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
In this study, we investigated the use of female students as peer experts in a workshop introducing an interactive, computer-based learning environment called LEGO/Logo. In LEGO/Logo, children design, construct and program computer-controllable machines using specialized parts such as motors, sound elements, and sensors. The eighty-five students who participated in the study attended 6th grade (age 12) at a middle-class elementary school in the United States. The LEGO/Logo workshops were approximately 15 hours each, and the students worked primarily in pairs or groups of three. The findings indicate that the students were successful in building a wide range of LEGO/Logo machines, from simple to complex models, and that the peer teachers were utilized as experts by the other students and benefited from this experience. Certain gender-related differences were observed in the students' interactions and in working with the LEGO/Logo system.
Edwards, L.D., Coddington, A. & Caterina, D. (1997). Girls teach themselves, and boys too: Peer learning in a computer-based design and construction activity. Computers & Education, 29(1), 33-48. Elsevier Ltd.
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