TALES: an e-learning application to teach programming concepts to the early years foundation stage

Schatynski, Melenie and Wood, Sharon (2016) TALES: an e-learning application to teach programming concepts to the early years foundation stage. In: 27th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2016, 7-10 September 2016, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

As a pupil concludes Key Stage 11 they will have been taught to understand basic algorithms, typically in a recipe style, create and debug simple programs and understand why their programs behave the way they do, in addition gaining knowledge of common technologies. Introducing these concepts to children in their pre-school education will prepare them for the new changes to the curriculum. This study describes the development of an educational system called TALES which is designed to teach programming concepts through a series of mini games. It is aimed at children at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), specifically children with a cognitive ability between three and six years of age, and therefore does not assume the user to be a fluent reader or writer. The application is evaluated through a small user evaluation study. Early results indicate that learners engage enthusiastically with the games, taking more time to follow instructions and greater care as they become increasingly motivated to succeed in advancing through progressively more challenging levels of the game.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Programming concepts, Early years foundation stage, e-learning, Tablet application
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Cognitive Science
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Depositing User: Sharon Wood
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 13:22
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 13:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63659

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