1. Florence Sullivan
  2. http://people.umass.edu/florence/
  3. Associate Professor
  5. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  1. Ricardo Poza
  2. Research Assistant
  4. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Microgenetic Learning Analytics

NSF Awards: 1252350

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

We investigate the incidence of internalized stereotypes as girls participate in a robotics activity. We operationalize this hidden phenomenon by examining the prevalence of negative internal attributions uttered during activity in the robotics environment for an all-girl group, in contrast to an all-boy group and a mixed gender group. We utilize a modified form of sentiment analysis to examine student talk as they solve problems. Preliminary results indicate that the all-girl group made more negative internal attributions than both the all-boy and the mixed gender group. Further analysis indicates that the all-girl group used derogatory terms to describe their activity, in comparison to the all-boy and mixed gender groups. These results have implications for the professional development of teachers.

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