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Empathic Robot for Group Learning: A Field Study
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2019 (English)In: ACM Transactions in Human-Robot InteractionArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
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This work explores a group learning scenario with an autonomous empathic robot. We address two research questions: (1) Can an autonomous robot designed with empathic competencies foster collaborative learning in a group context? (2) Can an empathic robot sustain positive educational outcomes in long-term collaborative learning interactions with groups of students? To answer these questions, we developed an autonomous robot with empathic competencies that is able to interact with a group of students in a learning activity about sustainable development. Two studies were conducted. The first study compares learning outcomes in children across three conditions: learning with an empathic robot; learning with a robot without empathic capabilities; and learning without a robot. The results show that the autonomous robot with empathy fosters meaningful discussions about sustainability, which is a learning outcome in sustainability education. The second study features groups of students who interact with the robot in a school classroom for 2 months. The long-term educational interaction did not seem to provide significant learning gains, although there was a change in game-actions to achieve more sustainability during game-play. This result reflects the need to perform more long-term research in the field of educational robots for group learning.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397079OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397079DiVA, id: diva2:1370332
Available from: 2019-11-14 Created: 2019-11-14 Last updated: 2020-02-19Bibliographically approved

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