The use of learning tools for active knowledge construction to develop coding skills

ID: 51258 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Jacqui Chetty and Duan van der Westhuizen, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract: Research indicates that providing students with learning tools to scaffold them during a CS1 course can positively affect the manner in which they develop programming skills. Some examples of learning tools are Scratch, Lego Mindstorms and programming strategies. These learning tools provide an opportunity for students to actively learn, as the tools’ fundamental design focuses on multi-dimensional, tangible objects. This paper presents the qualitative and quantitative results which formed part of a study that focused on many learning principles for CS1 courses. Active learning, discussed in this paper, was one of the learning principles. The results to date are promising.

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