Mini‐languages for non‐computer science majors: what are the benefits?

Peter Brusilovsky (School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA)
Olena Shcherbinina (School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA)
Sergey Sosnovsky (School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 29 February 2004

Abstract

Mini‐languages for teaching principles of programming ‐ such as Karel the Robot ‐ were once used in top computer science departments to provide a “gentle introduction” to programming for computer science majors. The paper builds a case for the use of mini‐languages in the context of introductory programming courses for non‐computer science major. We present a study that explored the use of Karel to teach introductory programming for information science majors.

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Brusilovsky, P., Shcherbinina, O. and Sosnovsky, S. (2004), "Mini‐languages for non‐computer science majors: what are the benefits?", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650480000009

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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