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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015) open journal systems 


Poem Generator: A comparative quantitative evaluation of a microworlds-based learning approach for teaching English

Craig W Jenkins, University of South Wales, UK


Abstract
This paper is a comparative quantitative evaluation of an approach to teaching poetry in English that employs a ‘guided discovery’ pedagogy using computer-based microworlds. It uses an experimental design in order to measure performance gains in computational thinking and poetic thinking following a microworld-based intervention in English lessons. Preliminary findings reveal a distinct increase in computational thinking and poetic thinking performance for learners who participated in the intervention. There is also some evidence, though this requires further research, to suggest a relationship between high performance in computational thinking and high performance in poetic thinking.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556