The Utilization of Educational Robotics in Saudi Schools: Potentials and Barriers from the Perspective of Saudi Teachers

  •  Badr Salman H. Alsoliman    


Objective: The study aims to determine the barriers and potentials of educational robotics in Saudi schools based on the perceptions of Saudi school teachers. Methods: Both qualitative and quantitative research approaches were opted to assess the aim of the study. An open-ended survey has been conducted among the teachers, who use robotics in their teaching practices. Chi-square test was applied to evaluate the significance of participant’s opinion and the association between their characteristics and responses to the survey items. Thematic analysis was further used to evaluate the results qualitatively. Results: Lack of knowledge was observed regarding robotics’ application in education. Utilizing robots in education has a positive impact on students’ education in Saudi schools. Lack of skills, knowledge, teaching strategies, incentives, adequate infrastructure and policies related to the use of robotics were evaluated as some barriers. Conclusion: Saudi government engaged with the ministry of education must put more efforts to promote the use of robotics in Saudi educational system.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.