A survey study for understanding interest of primary school learners in programming mobile apps: Designing an interest-driven curriculum

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Abstract

This study aimed to discuss the interest of primary school learners in programming mobile apps by conducting a survey with 2803 learners in 10 primary schools across grades 4, 5 and 6 in Hong Kong. The survey was to collect the learners’ views on what types of mobile apps they are interested in and whom they want to design for. The results reflected that game apps are what they want to design most. Besides, younger learners prefer to design apps for themselves or their friends and family while senior learners do for people in general. These findings implied the curriculum should emphasize teaching learners to develop games apps. Younger learners are suggested to design simple game apps for their friends and family, whereas senior learners are advised to create the more advanced ones related to the community and society. Copyright © 2017 Global Chinese Society for Computers in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2017
EditorsMaiga CHANG, Morris JONG, Tak-Wai CHAN, Shengquan YU, Fati WU, Baoping LI, Wenli CHEN, Ching-Kun Ting-Chia HSU, Tsung-Yen CHUANG, Chung-Yuan HSU, Ying ZHOU, May LIU, Gaowei CHEN, Chi-Cheng CHANG, Shikui TU
Place of PublicationBeijing
PublisherBeijing Normal University
Pages783-786
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

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Kong, S. C. (2017). A survey study for understanding interest of primary school learners in programming mobile apps: Designing an interest-driven curriculum. In M. Chang, M. Jong, T.-W. Chan, S. Yu, F. Wu, B. Li, et al. (Eds.), Conference proceedings of the 21st Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2017 (pp. 783-786). Beijing: Beijing Normal University.

Keywords

  • Curriculum design
  • Interest-Driven Creator (IDC) theory
  • Mobile apps
  • Primary school learners
  • Programming education