Graphic designers who program as informal computer science learners

Brian Dorn, Mark Guzdial

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28 Scopus citations

Abstract

We introduce end-user programmers as a group of persons engaged in informal Computer Science education. Results of a small-scale survey for a previously unstudied population of end-users, users of graphics manipulation software, are presented. We find that graphic, designers are taking part in significant programming activities, despite little to no formal training in programming. We discuss what draws them to programming, what they know about Computer Science, and where they seek help. We also consider ways in which we might further support the Computer Science learning that takes place in end-user settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICER 2006 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Computing Education Research Workshop
Pages127-134
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventICER 2006 - 2nd International Computing Education Research Workshop - Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 9 2006Sep 10 2006

Publication series

NameICER 2006 - Proceedings of the 2nd International Computing Education Research Workshop
Volume2006

Conference

ConferenceICER 2006 - 2nd International Computing Education Research Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period9/9/069/10/06

Keywords

  • End-user programming
  • End-user software engineering
  • Graphic design
  • Informal education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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