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ERIC Number: EJ1097816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-0559
Computer Gaming at Every Age: A Comparative Evaluation of Alice
Seals, Cheryl D.; McMillian, Yolanda; Rouse, Kenneth; Agarwal, Ravikant; Johnson, Andrea Williams; Gilbert, Juan E.; Chapman, Richard
Journal of Educational Technology, v5 n3 p1-8 Oct-Dec 2008
This research has two thrusts of teaching object oriented programming to very young audiences and of increasing student excitement about computing applications with the long-term goal of increasing involvement in technology classes, in the use of computer applications and interest in technology careers. The goal of this work was to provide challenging interactive activities for young students that integrate their courses with computer technology. The authors utilize game development and interactive storytelling as a motivator for introductory programming training. The authors identified that many of their young second through fifth grade students showed much promise and ingenuity in programming when using visual programming environments. The hypothesis of the study was that the young students would fare as well as introductory college students when completing introductory programming tasks. The environment utilized for this experiment was Alice 3D and the authors hope was that the youngsters would perform at levels complimentary to those of the college students to illustrate that there is no age limit on ingenuity, when the proper training and tools are provided. This work discusses the outcome of a college introductory assignment that would be given to both elementary school and college students enrolled in an introductory computer science course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Grant or Contract Numbers: CNS0837580; CNS0540523