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A Work in Progress Paper

Evaluating a Microworlds-based Learning Approach for Developing Literacy and Computational Thinking in Cross-curricular Contexts
Craig Jenkins
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In the 1960s, Papert and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed Turtle Graphics using the LOGO programming language. Underpinning this development was a profound new philosophy of how learning happens with computers: a microworlds-based approach to learning. The wider aim of this research project is to examine how a microworlds-based approach may be revived in contemporary educational contexts by secondary school teachers in cross-curricular subject areas. It examines the microworld as a tool for secondary level learning at ages eleven-to-fourteen and explores its potential role in making relevant conceptual learning accessible through practical, constructionist approaches in cross-curricular applications.

This particular work-in-progress paper reports on a comparative evaluation of a microworlds-based approach to teaching poetic verse in the subject domain of drama. A quasi-experimental design was used in order to measure performance gains in specific aspects of computational thinking and literacy development following the microworld-based intervention. Preliminary data reveals a higher improvement in performance but further qualitative data needs to be collected in order to provide further insight to support the quantitative findings.

Von Craig Jenkins im Konferenz-Band Proceedings of the Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2015, London, United Kingdom, November 9-11, 2015 im Text A Work in Progress Paper (2015)

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Seymour Papert, Mitchel Resnick, Jeannette M. Wing

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computational thinkingcomputational thinking, Informatikcomputer science, Informatik-Didaktikdidactics of computer science, Informatik-Unterricht (Fachinformatik)Computer Science Education, Informatikunterricht in der Schule, LOGO (Programmiersprache)LOGO (programming language), microworldmicroworld, Programmierenprogramming
Jahr UmschlagTitelAbrufeIBOBKBLB
1982    Mindstorms (Seymour Papert) 6, 12, 8, 8, 17, 20, 14, 12, 24, 11, 14, 2122245215034
1994    Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (Mitchel Resnick) 1, 3, 6, 4, 7, 9, 2, 7, 14, 5, 6, 111671112202
Jahr UmschlagTitelAbrufeIBOBKBLB
2006    Computational Thinking (Jeannette M. Wing) 3, 4, 6, 5, 10, 9, 9, 6, 30, 4, 3, 778217633



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