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ERIC Number: EJ1133263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Education:=Coding+Aesthetics; Aesthetic Understanding, Computer Science Education, and Computational Thinking
Good, Jonathon; Keenan, Sarah; Mishra, Punya
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v35 n4 p313-318 Oct 2016
The popular press is rife with examples of how students in the United States and around the globe are learning to program, make, and tinker. The Hour of Code, maker-education, and similar efforts are advocating that more students be exposed to principles found within computer science. We propose an expansion beyond simply teaching computational thinking skills, by including an aesthetic framework that highlights the beauty and elegance inherent within the craft of coding. This approach not only introduces students to authentic experiences of computational work, but can result in higher levels of retention and achievement. Delivering science content through an aesthetic lens has been successful in other areas of science education. Such an approach in programming extends the possibility of reaching students that previously may not have been interested in the field.
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Language: English
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