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STEAM WORKS: Student coders experiment more and experimenters gain higher grades

Yee-King, Matthew; Grierson, Mick and d'Inverno, Mark. 2017. 'STEAM WORKS: Student coders experiment more and experimenters gain higher grades'. In: EDUCON2017: IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference. Athens, Greece April 26-28, 2017. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

For the last decade, there has been growing interest in the STEAM approach (essentially combining methods and practices in arts, humanities and social sciences into STEM teaching and research) to develop better research and education, and enable us to produce students who can work most effectively in the current and developing market-place. However, despite this interest, there seems to be little quantitative evidence of the true power of STEAM learning, especially describing how it compares and performs with respect to more established approaches. To address this, we present a comparative, quantitative study of two distinct approaches to teaching programming, one based on STEAM (with an open-ended inquiry-based approach), the other based on a more traditional, non-STEAM approach (where constrained problems are set and solved). Our key results evidence how students exhibit different styles of programming in different types of lessons and, crucially, that students who tend to exhibit more of the style of programming observed in our STEAM lessons also tend to achieve higher grades. We present our claims through a range of visualisations and statistical validations which clearly show the significance of the results, despite the small scale of the study. We believe that this work provides clear evidence for the advantages of STEAM over non-STEAM, and provides a strong theoretical and technological framework for future, larger studies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Keywords:

STEAM; xAPI; coding; education; pedagogy

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing

Dates:

DateEvent
17 February 2017Accepted
1 July 2017Published Online

Event Location:

Athens, Greece

Date range:

April 26-28, 2017

Item ID:

20194

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2017 09:20

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 13:18

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20194

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