Beautiful and usable
Sheehan, Robert; Sheehan, Stephanie
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Citation:Sheehan, R., & Sheehan, S. (2015, June). Beautiful and Usable. Paper presented at Interaction, Design and Children, Boston, MA. USA.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/3309
This paper is concerned with two of the workshop questions: what are the precursors to computer science skills and what are the relationships between programming and computational thinking? Firstly, we suggest that a precursor of programming is the appreciation of beauty and elegance. Secondly, even though there is a strong feeling among computer scientists that computer science is not programming we think that separating programming from computational thinking reduces computational thinking to a subset of problem solving and it loses its reason for being treated as an important component of education. Linking both of these questions is the problem of producing a programming environment for children which is both beautiful and usable.