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January 2016

Call For Papers: Kids and Other Novices Learning to Code

Mon, 4 Jan 2016 01:10:05 +1000

By: gosh'at' (Steve Goschnick)

*************************** CALL FOR PAPERS ***************************

2nd CFP: Kids and Other Novices Learning to Code: Insights, Tools & Lessons from the Visual Programming Frontline

Special Issue of: International Journal of People-Oriented Programming (IJPOP)

ISSN: 2156-1796, EISSN: 2156-1788

Editors: Leon Sterling & Steve Goschnick

Submission Due Date (extended): January 31, 2016

We are interested to hear of your research and experience with using and/or providing languages and programming environments designed to take whole new cohorts of people into Coding. Of interest is the whole span: 8 and 9 year-old school kids and younger, through to life-long learners who never thought about programming as a realistic option for themselves.

The well-known options include: Scratch, Alice, Greenfoot, AgentSheets, FLIP and various derivatives of Scratch (e.g. Snap!/BYOB, App Inventor, Blockly, FlashBlocks), derivatives of Blockly (e.g., WonderWorkshop, Blockly Games, etc.), and various other approaches, including executable flowchart environments (e.g. LARP).

Topics include but are not limited to:

We are interested in submissions from educators, facilitators and researchers with experience in the new coding environments, that delve into any of the above topics, and others that are closely related.

Some Readings:

Article: Want your kids to learn another language? Teach them code. The Conversation (2015), ... and repeated Below, on this page.

Article: Five reasons to teach robotics in schools. The Conversation (2015),

Article: An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools. The Conversation (2015),

Article: It's back to school for Facebook, and it's personal (a personalised learning environment). The Conversation (2015),

Journal paper: Judith Good (2011). Learners at the Wheel: Novice Programming Environments Come of Age. International Journal of People-Oriented Programming, 1(1), pp.1-24 (Via )


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special issue on or before 31st January 2016.

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL'S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at submission.aspx. All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations. This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association

PUBLISHER: The International Journal of People-Oriented Programming is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference", "Business Science Reference", and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Editors-in-Chief: Steve Goschnick & Leon Sterling ( |

Published: Semi-annual (both in Print and Electronic form)

All enquiries and for this Issue should be directed to the attention of: Prof. Leon Sterling, Co-Editor-in-Chief International Journal of People-Oriented Programming E-mail:

All manuscript submissions to the issue should be sent through the online submission system:




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