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ERIC Number: ED192767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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Shall We Teach Structured Programming to Children?
LaFrance, Jacques E.
To study the effectiveness and feasibility of using structured programming games at the elementary school level, this study presented one and one-half hours of programming instruction to a group of gifted children between the ages of nine and twelve. Using a game called Antfarm and the programming language Pascal, the instruction introduced certain structured programming features such as basic commands, concepts of sequence, iteration, selection and refinement, and the notion of hierarchical structure. Results showed high motivation for the entire group. A few children were beginning to use top-down design, to define their own modules, and to give them names. Two problems noted were that the selection commands were difficult for the children to learn, and technical bugs sometimes caused the program to abort. A 19-item bibliography is attached. (BK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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