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Poem Generator: A comparative quantitative evaluation of a microworlds-based learning approach for teaching English

, University of South Wales, UK, United Kingdom

IJEDICT Volume 11, Number 2, ISSN 1814-0556 Publisher: Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies


This paper is a comparative quantitative evaluation of an approach to teaching poetry in English that employs a ‘guided discovery’ pedagogy using computer-based microworlds. It uses an experimental design in order to measure performance gains in computational thinking and poetic thinking following a microworld-based intervention in English lessons. Preliminary findings reveal a distinct increase in computational thinking and poetic thinking performance for learners who participated in the intervention. There is also some evidence, though this requires further research, to suggest a relationship between high performance in computational thinking and high performance in poetic thinking.


Jenkins, C. (2015). Poem Generator: A comparative quantitative evaluation of a microworlds-based learning approach for teaching English. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT, 11(2),. Open Campus, The University of the West Indies, West Indies. Retrieved December 13, 2018 from .


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