ERIC Number: ED336061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Models of Adult Logo Students: The Concept of Variable.
Gunn, Tronie C.
This study investigated the mental models acquired by adults who were novice Logo learners with particular attention given to their concept of variable. The study focused on two questions: (1) What mental models are apparently employed for the prediction of Logo events by adult students who are able to write and edit simple Logo procedures? and (2) Are there demographic or experience factors that are consistently correlated with features of the mental models? Useful, less useful, and counter-productive mental models of Logo variables were identified, with less useful models receiving the most support from analysis of subjects' responses, possibly developed by analogy with Logo procedures and mathematical variables. Categorizations based on major field and anxiety level offered clear differences in the models supported. Mathematics and science majors and low anxiety subjects were more likely to support each of the useful models and less likely to support each of the counter-productive models than subjects with other majors and high anxiety subjects. (11 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: LOGO Programing Language; Mental Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7. 1991).