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The case of classroom robots: teachers’ deliberations on the ethical tensions

Serholt, S; Barendregt, W; Vasalou, A; Alves-Oliveira, P; Jones, A; Petisca, S; Paiva, A; (2017) The case of classroom robots: teachers’ deliberations on the ethical tensions. AI and Society , 32 (4) pp. 613-631. 10.1007/s00146-016-0667-2. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: The case of classroom robots: teachers’ deliberations on the ethical tensions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s00146-016-0667-2
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-016-0667-2
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Springer-Verlag London. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-016-0667-2
Keywords: Educational robots; Social implications; Ethics; Teachers’ perspectives; Thematic analysis; Focus group
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531990
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