Motor-Manipulatory Behaviours and Learning: an Observational Study

Eleonora Bilotta, Lorella Gabriele, Rocco Servidio, Assunta Tavernise


In this paper we investigated the role of motor-manipulatory behaviour in the learning modalities of thirty-five primary school children interacting with a Lego MindStorms kit. In particular, by means of an observational taxonomy of childrenâ??s behaviour, we analysed the video records of two observational sessions regarding the learning activities during the building of a small robot. Our results demonstrated that motor-manipulatory behaviours are strictly linked to cognitive processes, and that the acquisition of new knowledge can be considered as the result of a gradual experience of integration between both perceptual and manipulative behavioural routines.


Robots; cognitive science; children; observability; materials handling

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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