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“It’s important to think of Pepper as a teaching aid or resource external to the classroom”: A social robot in a school for autistic children

Lemaignan, Séverin; Newbutt, Nigel; Rice, Louis; Daly, Joe

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Severin Lemaignan Severin.Lemaignan@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Social Robotics and AI

Nigel Newbutt Nigel.Newbutt@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

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Louis Rice Louis.Rice@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Architecture

Joe Daly



Abstract

For a period of 3 weeks in June 2021, we embedded a social robot (Softbank Pepper) in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) school for autistic children. The robot’s behaviours and integration into the school were co-designed with the children and teachers, with a focus on improving the well-being of the pupils. Using a mix-method approach, we studied the robot’s adoption over the course of the study, and the impact of the robot’s presence on the children well-being and the school ecosystem. We found that the robot successfully integrated within the school; it fostered and maintained a steady level of interactions (330 interactions, 16h of continuous use over 3weeks) with a small yet meaningful group of children with a positive impact on their well-being; and it led to a nuanced conversation with the students and school staff about the role and impact of such a social technology in a SEN school.

Citation

Lemaignan, S., Newbutt, N., Rice, L., & Daly, J. (in press). “It’s important to think of Pepper as a teaching aid or resource external to the classroom”: A social robot in a school for autistic children. International Journal of Social Robotics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-022-00928-4

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 8, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 17, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2022
Journal International Journal of Social Robotics
Print ISSN 1875-4791
Electronic ISSN 1875-4805
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-022-00928-4
Keywords Social robotics; Responsible AI; Autism; Child–robot interaction; Participatory design; Well-being
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10091175
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12369-022-00928-4

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