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Building Problem Spaces for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students’ Spatial Cognition in a Programming Language

  • Nobuhito Yamamoto
  • Tomoyuki Nishioka
  • Syoko Shiroma
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5616)

Abstract

It has been published that the mental faculty for handling languages influences the development of spatial cognition ability for deaf and hard of hearing students. To make measurements for their ability and extract the features, various kinds of methods that decrease the language effects have been tried. In this article, an experimental method is described that uses a programming language. The communication method using the simple language and the graphical interface may give us a convenient way for students’ understanding questions and expressing their ideas. The software tool used in the research, Hyperlogo and its graphical interface, is described in the first half section. And then the experiments to which the tool is applied are shown.

Keywords

Spatial Cognition Hyperlogo Deaf and Hard of hearing Communication tool Programming Languages Turtle graphics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuhito Yamamoto
    • 1
  • Tomoyuki Nishioka
    • 2
  • Syoko Shiroma
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of Systems and Information EngineeringUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Industrial TechnologyTsukuba University of TechnologyTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Institute for Education and Student SupportEhime UniversityEhimeJapan

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