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dc.contributor.authorSilvis, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorClarke-Midura, Jody
dc.contributor.authorShumway, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorLee, Victor R.
dc.identifier.citationSilvis, D., Clarke-Midura, J., Shumway, J., & Lee, V. R. (2023). Material anchors for young children’s spatial planning: Contextualizing path-program relationships. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1210-1213). International Society of the Learning Sciences.en
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dc.description.abstractPlanning a path from an origin to a destination is a common task for studying children’s spatial thinking and a foundational part of many early programming environments. This paper examines children’s means of abstraction between the grid space and the program domain through an exploration of the strategies they used to plan a robot’s routes in 2-D space. Qualitative analysis focused on ways children used materials to aid in spatial planning and programming, advancing previous work on material anchors for concepts (Hutchins, 2005). Through an elaboration of several path planning strategies, we illustrate how children varied in their use of materials in space to represent a path-program relationship. We argue that these strategies represent multiple ways of contextualizing and abstracting in a programming task, with implications for design of equitable CT assessments in early childhood.en
dc.publisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023, pp. 1210-1213
dc.subjectLearning Sciencesen
dc.titleMaterial Anchors for Young Children’s Spatial Planning: Contextualizing Path-Program Relationshipsen
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