ERIC Number: ED111347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-27
Reference Count: N/A
Children Learning Computer Programming: Experiments with Languages, Curricula and Programmable Devices. Technical Report No. 250.
Weyer, S. A.; Cannara, A. B.
An experiment was conducted to study how children, aged 10-15 years, learn concepts relevant to computer programing and how they learn modern programing languages. The implicit educational goal was to teach thinking strategies through the medium of programing concepts and their applications. The computer languages Simper and Logo were chosen because they are computationally general, relatively easy to learn, interactive with powerful editing features, and are highly dissimilar. The experiment included significant tutoring, curriculum design, and various special output devices such as graphic displays, robots, electric trains, and sound synthesizers. The report is divided into six major sections: (1) introduction: background and motivation; (2) programing facilities; (3) student selection, grouping and tutoring; (4) curricula; (5) data acquisition and analysis; and (6) results. Among the results were suggested modifications to both the Simper and Logo languages and to the curriculum designed to teach them. (KKC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.