In the time since preparing my application, I've been busy reading through the literature and trying to form a clearer picture of what I want to do while in Boston. I still want to find a balance between study and research while I'm away, but the emphasis of the research apsect of the trip has shifted somewhat from what I stated in my application. Specifcally, my focus has changed from investigating the benefits or "efficacy" of robotics-based education (too difficult to produce hard data) to the ingredients of a successful robotics classroom.
I'll post more about all this later, but for now, here's a summary of what was in my original application...
1. Undertake preliminary research into the efficacy of robotics-based education to improve student learning outcomes
- Undertake a literature review of research relating to robotics education
- Interview some of the experts in the field of robotics education
- Develop and trial assessment/measurement tools that could be used in a subsequent study longitudinal study.
- Gain a deeper understanding of current trends in “constructionist” pedagogies
- Strengthen his ability to help students and teachers develop understanding of engineering concepts relevant to robotics.