Novice programming environments: lowering the barriers, supporting the progression

Good, Judith (2018) Novice programming environments: lowering the barriers, supporting the progression. In: Innovative Methods, User-Friendly Tools, Coding, and Design Approaches in People-Oriented Programming. IGI Global, Engineering Science Reference, pp. 1-41. ISBN 9781522559696

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In 2011, the author published an article that looked at the state of the art in novice programming environments. At the time, there had been an increase in the number of programming environments that were freely available for use by novice programmers, particularly children and young people. What was interesting was that they offered a relatively sophisticated set of development and support features within motivating and engaging environments, where programming could be seen as a means to a creative end, rather than an end in itself. Furthermore, these environments incorporated support for the social and collaborative aspects of learning. The article considered five environments—Scratch, Alice, Looking Glass, Greenfoot, and Flip— examining their characteristics and investigating the opportunities they might offer to educators and learners alike. It also considered the broader implications of such environments for both teaching and research. In this chapter, the author revisits the same five environments, looking at how they have changed in the intervening years. She considers their evolution in relation to changes in the field more broadly (e.g., an increased focus on “programming for all”) and reflects on the implications for teaching, as well as research and further development.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Depositing User: Judith Good
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 13:24
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 13:28

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