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Authorware Professional as a Research and Teaching Tool

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


A verbal and e-mail survey was conducted of 30 senior high teachers in Alberta who teach computer programming courses in the Career and Technology Studies curriculum, in order to ascertain what courses at the intermediate and advanced levels were being offered, what programming languages were being used, why teachers selected the particular language, the approach used to teach the language, and to gather opinions as to why enrollments drop after the introductory level course. In the fall of 1998, a pilot program was introduced in two senior high schools in Alberta, using Authorware Professional (version 4.0.3) to teach introductory programming. The working hypothesis of the approach was that, by learning beginning programming using Authorware, students would master fundamental logic and procedures quickly by means of the iconic interface. The program of study involved six beginning assignments derived and adapted from a laboratory manual used with fourth-year university undergraduates. Teachers using this approach reported that most students reacted to the program enthusiastically and favorably and that most of the students from the introductory course continued with intermediate-level courses. There are two main obstacles impeding use of Authorware in schools--its cost and the fact that most teachers are ignorant of what it can do. (AEF)


Buck, G.H. (1999). Authorware Professional as a Research and Teaching Tool. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1999. Retrieved March 23, 2023 from .

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