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ERIC Number: EJ1061256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 19
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ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Coding as a Trojan Horse for Mathematics Education Reform
Gadanidis, George
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v34 n2 p155-173 Apr 2015
The history of mathematics educational reform is replete with innovations taken up enthusiastically by early adopters without significant transfer to other classrooms. This paper explores the coupling of coding and mathematics education to create the possibility that coding may serve as a Trojan Horse for mathematics education reform. That is, once we accept that young children are able to learn complex and abstract coding concepts, such as algorithms, loops, variables and conditional statements, then we are more likely to also accept that they can also learn more complex and abstract ideas of mathematics. In addition, coding is a natural fit to mathematics, as it can be used to model and investigate mathematical relationships and as coding and mathematics have a shared logical structure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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