Educational Robots

CITEC doctoral researcher Natalia Reich-Stiebert discusses the acceptance of technical systems

When it comes to robots, attitudes towards them remain rather cautious, especially in schools, says doctoral researcher Natalia Reich-Stiebert. She is part of the Applied Social Psychology and Gender Research group (led by Professor Dr. Friederike Eyssel) at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). Contributing editor Kosmas Hotomanidis from Campusradio Hertz 87.9 presents her research project on educational robots.

In her doctoral research, Natalia Reich-Stiebert is working on the acceptance and usability of robots in educational contexts. “Robots don’t belong in schools – they shouldn’t replace people”: this sentiment is expressed over and over again by both students and teachers. “The big problem is that robots in Germany, especially in the educational context, are still not widespread, if they are present at all,” explains Natalia Reich-Stiebert in a radio program made in cooperation with Radio Hertz 87.9. “People do not have an idea of what robots can do or not.”

Under certain conditions, robots can support learning in schools. For this to happen, however, people must first be assuaged of their fears. In the radio program, Natalia Reich-Stiebert talks about the conditions under which robots could serve as digital media.

The 30-year-old psychologist has been conducting research at CITEC since February 2014. From 2007 to 2013, she studied Psychology and Romance Studies at the Technical University of Dortmund and the Ruhr-University Bochum.

Audio clip about educational robots (in German)