Logo: A Retrospective

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In Logo: A Retrospective, you'll look back and see why attempts to teach Logo in American schools failed the first time it was introduced, and you'll learn what you can do so educators don't make the same mistake again. You'll explore how teachers can sidestep the all-too-familiar cycle of zealous overselling, eventual disappointment, backlash, and abandonment that undermined Logo's first appearance in American school curricula.

Of particular interest to teachers, parents, computer programmers, and members of the general public, Logo: A Retrospective, thoroughly and more accurately outlines Logo's philosophical and theoretical framework and shows you how you can play a part in the current Logo renaissance already thriving in Australia, Latin America, and Europe. Specifically, this book contains:

  • a decade's worth of scholarly research on Logo
  • information concerning Logo's future and evolution
  • strategies for handling student autonomy and teacher intervention
  • recent software design data and feedback for learning Logo
  • new research on computer programming's effects on children's cognitive development

    Without a doubt, computers and other electronic media will be a vital source of learning in the classrooms of the future. The development of powerful new versions of the Logo language, such as MicroWorlds, is welcome evidence that Logo's popularity is on the rise. So put the past behind you. Read Logo: A Retrospective, and see what's presently giving schoolchildren all over the world a fresh headstart at their classroom computer terminals.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of 16 essays reflecting on the failure of the computer language program Logo to be accepted in schools since it was touted in Maddux's 1985 . Among the perspectives are a decade of research, designing software for learning Logo, concrete- abstract and abstract-concrete geometric thinking, and learning through computational modeling. Published simultaneously as vol. 14, nos. 1/2. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Monographic supplement no.3 to the journal, Computers in the schools (and not supplied as part of the subscription to the journal). Specific Logo topics include: Turtle graphics, list processing, computation, and recursion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789003744
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Research on Logo: A Decade of Progress
  • The Evolution and Future of Logo
  • Turtle Politics?
  • Designing Software for Learning Logo
  • Educational Environments for Research on Cognitive Development Through Programming
  • Logo and Geometric Thinking: Concrete-Abstract Thinking and Abstract-Concrete Thinking
  • Curriculum Integration of MicroWorlds and Portable Computers
  • Student Autonomy and Teacher Intervention in Logo Environments
  • Turtle Geometry at a Secondary School Level: Exploring Basic Properties of Triangular and Quadrilateral Shapes
  • Learning Through Computational Modeling
  • Logo and Learning Mathematics—No Room for Squares
  • How Far Is Far Enough? What Is Logo Really for?
  • I Thought I Saw a Roaming Turtle!
  • Having Success with Logo: Observations from the College Classroom
  • Logo Writer and the Apple II: Providing a Foundation for Life-Long Problem-Solving Skills
  • Index
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