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Building mathematical knowledge with programming: insights from the ScratchMaths project
  • Publication Type:
    Conference
  • Authors:
    Benton L, Hoyles , Kalas I, Noss R
  • Publication date:
    02/02/2016
  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Name of conference:
    Constructionism
  • Conference place:
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Conference start date:
    02/02/2016
  • Conference finish date:
    05/02/2016
  • Keywords:
    programming, mathematics, primary education, design research
  • Addresses:
    Laura Benton
    University College London
    Institute of Education
    UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street
    London
    WC1N 3QS
    United Kingdom
Abstract
The ScratchMaths (SM) project sets out to exploit the recent commitment to programming in schools in England for the benefit of mathematics learning and reasoning. This design research project aims to introduce students (age 9-11 years) to computational thinking as a medium for exploring mathematics following a constructionist approach. This paper outlines the project and then focuses on two tensions related to (i) the tool and learning, and (ii) direction and discovery, which can arise within constructionist learning environments and describes how these tensions were addressed through the design of the SM curriculum.
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