Forensic Socio-Psychological and Criminological Research Center | THEMIS

progetti e ricerche themis new header

Coding and Programming: What Do Italian Primary School Teachers Think?

By Isabella Corradini, Michael Lodi, Enrico Nardelli

Presented at SIGCSE 2018, February 21st-24th, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The term "coding" is more and more used to talk about the diffusion of computer science in school. While computer scientists, computing professionals, and educators consider this term very close or even equivalent to "programming", media tend to use it to describe something new and different from the "old boring CS". We provide here the main results of a large-scale investigation among primary school teachers (N=972) exploring their viewpoint on coding and its relation to programming. We asked to describe what coding is for them: only 40% of the relevant answers used terms explicitly mentioning programming. An additional 19%, while not directly mentioning programming, made reference to an information processing agent executing instructions. An additional small subset of teachers, while considering coding different from programming, described such difference using "tolerable" characterizations. We also analyzed the (sometime conflicting) misconceptions of teachers trying to explain why coding and programming are different.

In Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

 

 

Additional Info

  • Anno/Year: 2018

Projects and Research

Projects and ResearchProjects and Research

Themis Center carries out research and studies in the fields of psychology, sociology, del law, criminology, health and safety at work, business security, communication.

Themis editions - italian only

Themis editions - italian onlyThemis editions - italian only

Themis Center produces specialized publishing products in the fields of psychology, sociology, law, criminology, health and safety at work, security, communications.

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and WorkshopsSeminars and Workshops

Themis Center is a partner of qualified structures for training activities and specialized seminars. Topics include: psychology, criminology, security (safety, security and cybersecurity), risk and security communication.

logo themis footer

Themis - Forensic Socio-Psychological and Criminological Research Center


Login