Entering the car park

Authors Gerard Dummer , Elwin Savelsbergh , Paul Drijvers
Published in Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Primary and Secondary Computing Education
Publication date 29 October 2020
Research groups Research group Science and Technology Education
Type Lecture

Summary

Conference poster Digitally controlled systems, such as elevators, washing machines, and traffic lights, are ubiquitous in children's present-day world. However, in current educational practice, such systems are hardly being addressed, and little is known about children's initial understandings about such systems in concrete situations. Therefore, we explored grade 3 and grade 6 pupils' understandings of digital control systems in the contexts of a car park, an elevator, and an autonomous robot. We interviewed 48 pupils to explore their initial understanding of the system at hand from the perspectives of the user, the computer, and the programmer perspective. The interviews were analyzed through a directed content analysis. Results from three perspectives and three contexts are described.

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  • Elwin Savelsbergh | Professor | Research group Science and Technology Education
    Elwin Savelsbergh
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Research group Science and Technology Education

Language English
Published in Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Primary and Secondary Computing Education
Key words computing education , primary pupils
Digital Object Identifier https://doi.org/10.1145/3421590.3421610
Page range 1-3

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