Number Erasmus contract: 2020-1-TR01-KA201-094326
“Emotion is not a luxury. It is a complex helping hand that is extended during the struggle for existence. Emotion is as much amenable to scientific study as any other aspect of behavior. It plays a critical role in the construction of consciousness, virtually all aspects of learning, reasoning and creativity.” (Damasio,2004)
It’s stated in the literature that emotions are key factors affecting learning, play a central role in social and cognitive processes, student engagement and have an impact on performance. In addition, although the emotions of teachers are also at the heart of teaching, it is claimed that rational aspects such as knowledge, skill and capacity are considered important and teachers emotions have often been ignored or underplayed. However, it is stated that awareness of teachers’ own feelings is necessary for effective teaching, social and emotional development of students and wellness. In studies focusing on emotion, learning and technology; emotion is emphasized as an important driver affecting learning in technology rich learning environments. Therefore, it can be concluded that there is a interrelation between technology, learning and emotion.
It is claimed that educational robotics positively affect students’ interests, motivation, success and commitment, provide enjoyable learning environment, enrich students’ cognitive activities and support social-emotional learning. As a matter of fact, we observed that in the etwinning project “Robotics in Education” that we have been carrying out for 3 years, robots facilitate learning and appropriate for collaboration so contribute to social learning. In addition, we wonder how the emotions of teachers and students play a role in the learning processes with educational robotics. From this point of view, in the cognitive and social context of learning, it can be claimed that there is a need to study the interaction between learning, technology and emotion in environments where educational robotics are used.