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An educational programming environment for the Swedish school
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Programming is currently being introduced as an obligatory part of the K-9 education in Sweden with the aim to strengthen pupils’ digital competence and prepare them with skills adapt for the 21st century. The challenge is now to successfully integrate programming as a tool for teaching and learning within existing practices. Teachers are expected to support their pupils learning about programming despite their own limited chance to acquire knowledge on the subject. The Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket)has given some guidance but research on this area is rather limited and a lot is left to the teachers to decide and educate themselves in. Educational programming environments (EPEs), especially aimed at novices, can support teachers in this integration but needs to be suitable for the objectives from the Swedish school to not unintentionally direct the way teaching is done. This study aims to answer how an EPE should be designed to fit within the Swedish school context with a focus on the teachers’ perspective. To study this, seven interviews were conducted with educators in middle school with experience of working with programming in the classroom, followed by two observations during lectures with EPEs. The results provided implications that were used to form design guidelines for an EPE aimed at the Swedish school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 32
Series
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM) ; 2018.08
Keywords [en]
Educational programming environment, Interaction design, User experience, Educational technology, Activity theory
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Human Aspects of ICT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-149534OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-149534DiVA, id: diva2:1222555
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Dohi Agency
Educational program
Master's Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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