|Título||Allegories for Learning Abstract Programming Concepts|
|Tipo de publicación||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Conference Name||Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference on International Computing Education Research|
|Conference Location||New York, NY, USA|
|Palabras clave||allegory, learning, metaphor, programming language|
Constructivism theory states that learning is unavoidably done through association of new concepts with existing ones. Although programming concepts are abstract metaphors of some colloquial concepts, they seem to be not enough to overcome learning difficulties. We hypothesize that interrelated systems of metaphors (allegories) of abstract programming concepts can ease the association process and improve student learning. Our research introduces allegoric development environments and proposes to experimentally evaluate their effects on learning of programming concepts reported as difficult by students.