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The Integration of Sustainable Development Goals in Educational Robotics: A Teacher Education Experience

Department of Pedagogy, Applied Research in Education and Technology (ARGET), Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43003 Tarragona, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(23), 10085; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310085
Received: 13 November 2020 / Revised: 29 November 2020 / Accepted: 1 December 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue ICT and Sustainable Education)
Education is of key importance to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), particularly now that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the progress made toward a more inclusive, peaceful, fair, and prosperous society. In this research study, students of the bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy receive a specialized training that addresses the SDGs through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) referring to computers and digital technologies. In particular, the training addresses the SDGs through Educational Robotics (ER). The aim of the training course is twofold: first, to reinforce the students’ Teacher Digital Competence (TDC), defined as teachers’ ICT competence and didactic and methodological skills; and second, to train them in the integration of SDGs in ER educational projects. This paper presents a case study in which qualitative and quantitative methods are implemented. The objectives of the study are to investigate the students’ level of TDC and examine their ability to integrate SDGs in ER projects. The research instruments employed are the COMDID-A questionnaire, a lesson plan template, and a lesson plan evaluation rubric. Among the most prominent findings, it is shown that the training enabled the students to work on sustainability in a cross-curricular manner and successfully develop ER projects centered on different SDGs. These conclusions will encourage teacher education institutions to integrate SDGs in their curriculum. View Full-Text
Keywords: teacher digital competence; teacher education; higher education teacher digital competence; teacher education; higher education
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Schina, D.; Esteve-González, V.; Usart, M.; Lázaro-Cantabrana, J.-L.; Gisbert, M. The Integration of Sustainable Development Goals in Educational Robotics: A Teacher Education Experience. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10085. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310085

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Schina D, Esteve-González V, Usart M, Lázaro-Cantabrana J-L, Gisbert M. The Integration of Sustainable Development Goals in Educational Robotics: A Teacher Education Experience. Sustainability. 2020; 12(23):10085. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310085

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Schina, Despoina, Vanessa Esteve-González, Mireia Usart, José-Luis Lázaro-Cantabrana, and Mercè Gisbert. 2020. "The Integration of Sustainable Development Goals in Educational Robotics: A Teacher Education Experience" Sustainability 12, no. 23: 10085. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310085

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