Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

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Programming and Coding in Secondary Schools

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_9-1


What Is Programming?

Programming, also referred to as coding, is the process of writing, testing, debugging/troubleshooting, and maintaining the source of code of computer programs. This source code typically consists of a list of instructions that can be compiled into an executable computer program. The source code is written using a programming language, often with the aid of an integrated development environment (IDE). The target platform on which a specific program can be executed, as well as many of the features or behaviors that can be encoded, is often dependent on the specific programming language and IDE used.

Programming Languages

A wide variety of programming languages are used in secondary schools worldwide. Many different factors play a role in determining the choice of language used. These include the familiarity of teachers with a particular language, the available hardware and/or software,...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ICTNelson Mandela UniversityPort ElizabethSouth Africa

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sigrid Schubert
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty Science and TechnologyUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany