Teaching and Learning Computer Programming: Multiple Research Perspectives

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Learning LOGO: Method of Teaching, Transfer of General Skills, and Attitudes Toward School and Computers
Joan Littlefield University of Wisconsin-Madison Victor R. Delclos Tulane University Sharon Lever, Keith N. Clayton, John D. Bransford Jeffrey J. Franks Vanderbilt University
I. The Benefits of Learning LOGO
A. Cognitive Benefits
B. Positive Effects on Attitudes
C. Research Investigating LOGO's Cognitive Effects
D. Importance of Teaching Method
II. Research Setting
III. Unstructured and Structured Teaching Methods
A. Teaching Methods
B. Tests of General Problem-Solving Skills
C. A Test of LOGO Mastery
D. Mastery of LOGO
E. Transfer to Non-LOGO Problems
IV. Structured and Mediational Teaching Methods
A. Teaching Methods
B. Near-Transfer Tests
C. Mastery of LOGO.
D. Transfer to Problems Similar to LOGO
E. Far-Transfer Performance
V. LOGO's Effects on Students' Attitudes
A. The Computer/School Questionnaire
B. Changes in Attitude
C. Relationship of Attitudes and LOGO Mastery
VI. General Discussion

ABSTRACT

A summary of a 3-year project investigating the cognitive and attitudinal effects of learning LOGO is presented. Previous studies using a discovery method of teaching LOGO make the assumption that general problem-solving skills will be developed

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