The challenges of studying blocks-based programming environments

David Werntrop, Uri Wilensky

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6 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this paper we discuss some of the central challenges to rigorously studying blocks-based programming. We categorize these challenges into four groups: design, context, evaluation, and trajectory. For each category, we breakdown specific issues we confront as researchers in trying to isolate the blocks-based modality and outline our own strategies for addressing them. Throughout, we draw on our own experience as designers, educators, and researchers, along with past and current work, to provide guidance on ways to address these challenges and share insights our approach has yielded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 IEEE Blocks and Beyond Workshop, Blocks and Beyond 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5-7
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781467383677
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 30 2015
EventIEEE Blocks and Beyond Workshop, Blocks and Beyond 2015 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2015 → …

Other

OtherIEEE Blocks and Beyond Workshop, Blocks and Beyond 2015
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period10/22/15 → …

Keywords

  • blocks-based programming
  • computer science education
  • design
  • methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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