Vocabulary Word: Pedatronics


Pedatronics, a fusion between pedagogics (educational science) and mechatronics (mechanical and electrical engineering).

Christina Aderklou, Lotta Fritzdorf, Ulla Tebelius, Jeanette Bengtsson and Albert-Jan Baerveldt (2002). Pedatronics: Robotic toys as a source to evoke young girls technological interest. 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, MA.

The term pedatronics offers a way to summarize synergies emerging between teaching, learning, and electronics that have eluded many short descriptions. I think this is a keeper, at least until a better summary evolves.

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Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.