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ERIC Number: EJ1027708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
The Effects of Goal Specificity and Scaffolding on Programming Performance and Self-Regulation in Game Design
Feng, Chia-Yen; Chen, Ming-Puu
British Journal of Educational Technology, v45 n2 p285-302 Mar 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of goal specificity and scaffolding on the programming performance and self-regulation of elementary students engaged in learning game design. This study recruited 232 students for the experimental activities. Two levels of goal specificity were employed: specific and nonspecific. Structuring and problematizing scaffolds were also used to support students in the process of learning. Our results reveal the following: (1) nonspecific goals and structuring scaffolds led to superior comprehension of programming, (2) nonspecific goals with problematizing scaffolds led to better problem-solving performance, (3) problematizing scaffolds were more effective than structuring scaffolds in the development of self-regulation behavior, and (4) nonspecific goals were more effective than specific goals in the promotion of resource management associated with self-regulation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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