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Building mathematical knowledge with programming: insights from the ScratchMaths project

Benton, L; Hoyles, C; Kalas, I; Noss, R; (2016) Building mathematical knowledge with programming: insights from the ScratchMaths project. In: Constructionism in Action 2016: Conference Proceedings. (pp. pp. 26-33). Suksapattana Foundation: Thung Khru, Thailand. Green open access

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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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Building mathematical knowledge with programming: insights from the ScratchMaths project
Event: Constructionism 2016
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: 02 February 2016 - 05 February 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://e-school.kmutt.ac.th/constructionism2016/?p...
Language: English
Keywords: Programming, mathematics, primary education, design research
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475523
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