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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION, 2010, Vol. 9, No. 1, 133-140
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1648-5831

Effects of Using Model Robots in the Education of Programming

Attila PÁSZTOR, Róbert PAP-SZIGETI, Erika LAKATOS TÖRÖK

Kecskemét College, Faculty of GAMF, Department of Information Technology Izsáki 10, 6000 Kecskemét, Hungary E-mail: {pasztor.attila; pap-szigeti.robert; torok.erika}@gamf.kefo.hu

Abstract

In this article we try to show how new devices and methods can help in the education of programming. At Kecskemét College programmable mobile robots and instead of behavioral, the constructivist pedagogical methods were used. Our experiments have proved our hypothesis as the improved new methodical education using devices can give more practical programming knowledge, increases the attitude towards programming and helps to have positive programming self-image. The results of the experimental and control groups were compared at the beginning and at the end of semester, when the programming knowledge and motives were measured. During the learning process only the experimental groups used devices and new methods.

Keywords:

education of programming, innovative devices, constructivist method, measuring of effects


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