ERIC Number: ED392434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Turning Point for Korean Computer Educators: Introducing LogoWriter as a Thinking Tool.
Cho, Mi Ok
LogoWriter was introduced in this study as a tool to teach problem solving and thinking skills to students in Korean schools; teacher-mediated learning was also structured to help students monitor their thinking processes. In the teacher-mediated learning model, the following problem solving strategies were used: decomposing, planning, detecting errors, and debugging. Twenty-nine elementary and middle school students and 18 adult learners (most of whom were parents of the students) participated in the study. The adult learners had limited English learning experience and the students had no English background. Each LogoWriter lesson unit involved four main sections: (1) exploration; (2) co-construction; (3) journey through problem solving; and (4) working together. Teacher observation data indicated that the problem solving strategies became part of the students' thinking processes and that students tended to think more carefully and explain their answers more logically than other students when non-Logo problems were given. Adult learners reported that LogoWriter should be introduced in schools as part of the curriculum. Their computer anxiety was reduced dramatically and they found they could apply the learned problem solving skills to every day life. Even though the students did not know English, the language barrier did not interfere with their learning experience. In all, attitudes toward LogoWriter were extremely positive. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Koreans; LogoWriter
Note: In: "Emerging Technologies, Lifelong Learning, NECC '95"; see IR 017 705.