sg 15(6): e3

Research Article

Evaluating the use of programming games for building early analytical thinking skills

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.5-11-2015.150610,
        author={H. Tsalapatas},
        title={Evaluating the use of programming games for building early analytical thinking skills},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Serious Games},
        volume={2},
        number={6},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={SG},
        year={2015},
        month={11},
        keywords={analytical thinking, learning design, programming, serious games.},
        doi={10.4108/eai.5-11-2015.150610}
    }
    
  • H. Tsalapatas
    Year: 2015
    Evaluating the use of programming games for building early analytical thinking skills
    SG
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.5-11-2015.150610
H. Tsalapatas1,*
  • 1: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Thessaly, Argonafton & Filellinon, 38221 Volos, Greece
*Contact email: htsalapa@uth.gr

Abstract

Analytical thinking is a transversal skill that helps learners excel academically independently of theme area. It is on high demand in the world of work especially in innovation related sectors. It involves finding a viable solution to a problem by identifying goals, parameters, and resources available for deployment. These are strategy elements in game play. They further constitute good practices in programming. This work evaluates how serious games based on visual programming as a solution synthesis tool within exploration, inquiry, and collaboration can help learners build structured mindsets. It analyses how a visual programming environment that supports experimentation for building intuition on potential solutions to logical puzzles, and then encourages learners to synthesize a solution interactively, helps learners through gaming principles to build self-esteem on their problem solving ability, to develop algorithmic thinking capacity, and to stay engaged in learning.