id: 06292492
dt: j
an: 2014c.00926
au: Rich, Peter J.; Bly, Neil; Leatham, Keith R.
ti: Beyond cognitive increase: investigating the influence of computer
programming on perception and application of mathematical skills.
so: J. Comput. Math. Sci. Teach. 33, No. 1, 103-128 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE),
Waynesville, NC
la: EN
cc: P50 C30 C20 Q30 Q20 M50
ut: mathematical skills; computer programming; strategies; motivation
ci:
li:
ab: Summary: This study aimed to provide first-hand accounts of the perceived
long-term effects of learning computer programming on a learnerâ€™s
approach to mathematics. These phenomenological accounts, garnered from
individual interviews of seven different programmers, illustrate four
specific areas of interest: (1) programming provides context for many
abstract mathematical concepts; (2) programming illustrates the
important distinction between understanding the application of
mathematics in a specific situation and the execution, in general, of a
known procedure; (3) programming habits helped participants divide
complex mathematics problems into more manageable tasks; and (4) the
need to use mathematics for more efficient programs decreased
participantsâ€™ apprehension and increased their motivation toward
mathematics. In short, computer programming provided participants with
context, application, structure and motivation for mathematics.
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