Can learning a programming language affect metacognitive beliefs and science beliefs of junior high school students?

William Chivers, David McKinnon

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    Abstract

    The effects of learning the computer programming language Logo on metacognition has been the subject of much educational research. The effect of Logo on the restructuring of science beliefs of junior high school students by the transfer of higher order skills from one domain to another has received less attention. This paper reports the results of an attempt to alter students' expected transmissive metacognitive beliefs by teaching them Logo so that they would, perhaps, be more willing to restructure their science beliefs. This research finds strong evidence that a science teaching method derived from the constructivist model of learning combined with a Logo teaching environment is successful in persuading students to restructure their science beliefs. The effects of Logo on metacognitive beliefs and higher order skill transfer, however, are inconclusive. Directions for future research in this area are suggested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFirst International Conference on Information Technology & Applications, ICITA 2002
    EditorsDavid Tien
    Place of PublicationBathurst, Australia
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
    Pages1-6
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)1864671149
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    EventInternational Conference on Information Technology & Applications - Bathurst, Australia, Australia
    Duration: 25 Nov 200228 Nov 2002

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    ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Technology & Applications
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period25/11/0228/11/02

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