ERIC Number: ED317204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Incidence de la connaissance d'une langue de programmation sur la conception et l'implantation des programmes d'etude. Etude effectuee dans les classes de langue francaise des conseils des ecoles separees de l'Ontario (The Impact of the Knowledge of a Programming Language on the Conception and Implementation of Courses of Study. Study Carried out in French Language Classes in the Council of Separate Schools in Ontario).
Michaud, Pierre; And Others
Students in certain French language schools in eastern Ontario took part in this initial experiment in the teaching of computer and electronic programing at the elementary school level. This project had three objectives for optimizing the pedagogical impact of these first attempts at teaching programing: (1) to describe the context of this initial experiment as fully as possible; (2) to analyze the curriculum in light of the theories underlying the teaching of programing; and (3) to conduct certain educational experiments so as to judge the impact of students' programing knowledge on learning. The research team studied the conditions prevailing in eastern Ontario schools in June 1984. The following summer, the team analyzed the curriculum to determine which aspects would benefit from students' knowledge of programing. Finally, two teaching experiments, in geometry and composition, were conducted during the 1984-1985 school year. In each case, the performance of students who knew how to program was compared to that of students who did not. A study of this magnitude permitted a number of observations. At the risk of oversimplification, the researchers noted: (1) the quality of available material and a certain anxiety on the part of teachers about teaching computers; (2) the teachers' observations on the perspectives offered by the LOGO software package; and (3) the problems involved in transferring the cognitive programing skills to other subjects. Appended materials include the interview guide and questionnaire for teachers, graphs displaying data on teacher attitudes, plans for a geometry lesson, and a test on the LOGO programing language. (26 references) (GL)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Science Education, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Intermode Differences, Programing, Programing Languages, Teacher Attitudes, Transfer of Training
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada