Quick Read: Using semantic waves to improve explanations and learning activities in computing

13 February 2020

Throughout computing, and in particular programming, there are many technical terms with precise technical meanings. This can frame expert knowledge as inaccessible to novice learners.

However, by following a semantic wave structure, a novice learner will unpack the meanings of these technical terms and abstract contexts, in order to simplify them. This simpler language, and concrete contexts, can promote securing knowledge of the concept before progressing to the next. It is crucial however, to ensure that these simpler meanings are then linked back to the abstract concepts and associated technical language.

You can read more about how to follow a semantic wave, the language and context to use and considerations for implementing in the classroom in our latest Pedagogy Quick Read, or you can check out our other Quick Reads.

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