Mi Ani? (Who Am I?): Robotics as a Medium to Express Jewish Identity.
Abstract: This study aims to understand the role of robotic technologies as a
means for kindergartners to express their Jewish identity. It analyzes an intervention at a
Jewish day school in which 22 kindergartners learned to program robots in developmentally
appropriate ways to represent their identity. Using the children's descriptions of their
programs, this work explores the affordances of... read morerobotics for children's expression of their
identity. It focuses on children's use of the technology to represent their identity
through personal experiences, exploring and classifying these representations. Qualitative
descriptions of several case studies are presented, and the robotic projects are compared
with representations in other Judaic art projects. Finally, limitations of the study and
future avenues for research are discussed. Understanding the role of technology as a medium
for identity expression holds the potential to expand the modes of expression available to
young children of all cultures, providing them with a new means of exploring their
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Marina Bers.
Committee: Debbie LeeKeenan, and Jon Levisohn.
Keywords: Early Childhood Education, Religious Education, and Robotics.read less