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Understanding computational thinking before programming: developing guidelines for the design of games to learn introductory programming through game-play

Understanding computational thinking before programming: developing guidelines for the design of games to learn introductory programming through game-play

Kazimoglu, Cagin, Kiernan, Mary, Bacon, Liz and MacKinnon, Lachlan (2011) Understanding computational thinking before programming: developing guidelines for the design of games to learn introductory programming through game-play. International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL), 1 (3). pp. 30-52. ISSN 2155-6849 (Print), 2155-6857 (Online) (doi:10.4018/ijgbl.2011070103)

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Abstract

This paper outlines an innovative game-based approach to learning introductory programming that is grounded in the development of computational thinking at an abstract conceptual level, but also provides a direct contextual relationship between game-play and learning traditional introductory programming. The paper proposes a possible model for, and guidelines in support of, this games-based approach contextualized by an analysis of existing research into the issues of learning programming and game based learning approaches. Furthermore, the proposed game-based learning model focuses not only on procedural and applied knowledge and associated skills acquisition in computational thinking, but also provides contextualised theoretical knowledge on Computer Science concepts. By way of illustration, the authors introduce a game prototype currently being developed to combine a puzzle solving game-play that uses Computer Science concepts as the game elements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: computational thinking, game-based learning, guidelines for developing games, introductory programming, learning programming through game-play
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Greenwich Research into Innovative Pedagogies (GRIP)
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Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 10:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6795

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