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ERIC Number: EJ1042510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0899 3408
The Effectiveness of Simulated Robots for Supporting the Learning of Introductory Programming: A Multi-Case Case Study
Major, Louis; Kyriacou, Theocharis; Brereton, Pearl
Computer Science Education, v24 n2-3 p193-228 2014
This work investigates the effectiveness of simulated robots as tools to support the learning of programming. After the completion of a systematic review and exploratory research, a multi-case case study was undertaken. A simulator, named Kebot, was developed and used to run four 10-hour programming workshops. Twenty-three student participants (aged 16-18) in addition to 23 pre-service, and 3 in-service, teachers took part. The effectiveness of this intervention was determined by considering opinions, attitudes, and motivation as well as by analysing students' programming performance. Pre- and post-questionnaires, in- and post-workshop exercises, and interviews were used. Participants enjoyed learning using the simulator and believed the approach to be valuable and engaging. The performance of students indicates that the simulator aids learning as most completed tasks to a satisfactory standard. Evidence suggests robot simulators can offer an effective means of introducing programming. Recommendations to support the development of other simulators are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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