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The Influence Of Teaching Programming On Learning Mathematics

Abstract

"There are several correlations between mathematics and programming, logistical thinking, problem solving, functions, variables, coordinates, and so forth. Many have argued the benefit of learning one having a positive influence on learning the other. Strangely, despite this belief, and supporting evidence, curriculum having a focus explicitly tied to mathematics and programming is not common in today's K-12 classrooms. This project investigates a curriculum, titled: Bootstrap, that was explicitly developed to make mathematics connections to programming. The curriculum was implemented at three schools. A pre and post mathematics inventory was used to measure the impact teaching this course (which used a video game development programming pedagogy) had on student understanding of mathematics. The findings from the study suggest that student understanding of functions and variables did increase after participating in the course."

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