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Starting from Scratch – Lifting the Educational Resource Curse

, , Future University-Hakodate, Japan

Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


We apply the economics analogy of the “resource curse” to education, suggesting that an abundance of technology can actually correlate negatively with outcome. Our situation in a “regional” technology-focused university is that students are not, in general, motivated or inspired by technology. We report a case study of a “more with less” approach in two classes, one computer science and one communication. These units have traditionally been seen from different teaching and learning paradigms, so our work also addresses the challenge of integrating experiences across a curriculum by targeting higher-order thinking skills. We are starting from scratch both literally and figuratively, since we are employing the Scratch programming environment developed by MIT for young children. This paper presents our work with Scratch and reports how students employed various skills despite not being explicitly instructed in them. We discuss implications and outline concrete future research directions.


Frank, I. & Field, M. (2010). Starting from Scratch – Lifting the Educational Resource Curse. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1402-1407). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 14, 2019 from .



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