Image Capture for Concrete Programming: building schemata for problem solving

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Title Image Capture for Concrete Programming: building schemata for problem solving
Author Estivill-Castro, Vladimir; Bartlett, Brendan John
Publication Title Proceedings of CSEDU 2011; 3rd International Conference of Computer Supported Education
Editor A. Verbraeck, M. Helfert, J. Cordeiro, B.Shishkov
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Portugal
Publisher ScitePress
Abstract Problem solving in IT consists of expressing an algorithm for abstract models of computation. This has proven to be hard, but it can be taught, specially when students are exposed to concrete and visual illustrations of artefact behaviour. IT graduates require problem-solving skills, but it is difficult to teach such problem-solving skills in the context of huge bodies of technological concepts, large programming languages and the need for system-focused courses required for accreditation. We propose to design and develop concrete programming activities that will enable to articulate problem solving across many subjects. The goal is also to place concepts in the context of concrete problems, and to progress from concrete settings (where programming is achieved by building structures) to visual settings (where programming is achieved by re-arranging icons in a GUI), and later to textual programming in imperative APIs like MaSH. We capture the participants constructions with a camera and this is a program that produces behavior. The approach delivers the potential to take students to investigate research questions.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 ScitePress. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.
ISBN 9789898425492
Conference name CSEDU 2011
Location Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
Date From 2011-05-06
Date To 2011-05-08
Date Accessioned 2011-05-09
Language en_US
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Curriculum Studies: Science Education; PRE2009-Image Processing; PRE2009-Programming Techniques
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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