And They Were Thinking? Basic, Logo, Personality and Pedagogy

  • John S. Murnane
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 325)


This paper is concerned with some limited aspects of the history of two programming languages purpose-designed for students learning to program digital computers: Basic and Logo. The focus is the very different educational aims and philosophies of the originators of these languages. They are compared and their early use in schools sketched. While the reasons for teaching students to write programs were initially based on experience in programming digital computers for non-educational use, despite extensive research and publications, it would seem that the teacher of today is not in a much better position to justify teaching programming than the original pioneers.


Computer education introductory programming languages history of computing 


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  • John S. Murnane
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  1. 1.The ICT in Education and Research GroupThe University of MelbourneAustralia

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