Title: A study on the potential roles of a robot peer in socio-emotional development of children

Authors: Hye-Kyung Cho; Junseok Oh; KyungOk Lee

Addresses: Department of Information and Communications Engineering, Hansung University, Seoul, 136-792, Korea ' Communications Research Policy Center, Yonsei University, Seoul, 120-749, Korea ' Department of Early Childhood Education, Duksung Women's University, Seoul, 132-714, Korea

Abstract: This paper presents a robot mediated learning environment for children where various educational activities regarding emotional intelligence can be provided. The environment consists of a socially assistive robot, an auxiliary display, and a mobile device for teacher's intervention. The robot and the display are employed as mediators to give adequate affective feedbacks to children, which might not be possible among very young peers. The intervention device for teachers is employed to coach the robot on giving appropriate affective feedbacks according to the reaction of children. We intended to increase children's engagement on the activities and enhance their empathy while interacting with a friend-like robot than they do with an adult teacher. To verify the feasibility of the proposed design, we implemented an activity on emotional regulation strategies and performed a brief user study. The results clearly show that the participants prefer sociable mode of robot operation to still mode operation.

Keywords: emotional intelligence; r-learning; robot mediation; educational robots; robot peers; socio-emotional development; children; child development; robot mediated learning; affective feedback; teacher intervention; sociable mode; child engagement; empathy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCVR.2017.083447

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics, 2017 Vol.7 No.3, pp.335 - 343

Available online: 23 Mar 2017

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