S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Center for Educational Research (교육종합연구원) SNU Journal of Education Research SNU Journal of Education Research vol.02 (1992)
Learning Mathematics through the Educational Computer Language MAL
- Cho, Han Hyuk
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 교육종합연구원
- SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.2, pp. 87-101
- As the world goes into an informationized society, the role of computer has been greatly increasing as a tool to compile, keep, handle, and utilize the enormous anounts of information around us. Computer education, therefore, is emphasized nowadays and various efforts have been tried to introuduce computers into the curriculum of schools. In Korea the vocational education courses in the primary, middle, and high schools provide such subjcets as 'computer and life,' 'the structure of computer and computer language,' and 'folw chart and BASIC programming,' and etc. In mathematics education, however, the computer is seldom used, but flow charting is taught in the high school. It is expected that it will not be long before the high school math program provides not only flow charting but how to program, as in other foreign countries. BASIC will probably be selected for this purpose because it is generally understood in Korea that 『computer programming』 equals 『BASIC programming』, But attention needs to be paid to the fact that there are not a few negative views about BASIC. One of them is that BASIC is based on a clumsy programming method, and it is not appropriate for problem solving, especially for the tools for thinking. Nevertheless we are under the regretful situation in which much discussion is made only about when and how to use BASIC or LOGO without enough consideration being given as to whether these languages are suitable for computer and math education.