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Logo World Worlds:
A Cooperative Purdue-Headstart-Apple Project
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Directed by Robert W. Lawler

[This project was carried out at Purdue University and a Headstart location in Lafayette, Indiana.]

Content: Pre-Reader's Language Skills
The main instructional materials used were the ABC Sprite Logo program, the Beach Sprite Logo program, 3 X 5 flash cards with printed capital letters , 3 X 5 cards with the Beach words and 3 X 5 flash cards with a few common words.
 
Summary of Words in Word Worlds
 
ROCKET WORD WORLD
 
OBJECTS SUN PLANE CAR TRUCK HOUSE GIRL BOY PEOPLE MAN WOMAN
ACTIONS STOP WALK DOWN FIRE IN FIRE GO RUN UP TURN OUT FLASH
COLORS PAINT YELLOW PAINT WHITE PAINT GREEN PAINT BLUE PAINT BLACK PAINT RED
 
BEACH WORLD
 
OBJECTS SUN PLANE CAR TRUCK HOUSE GIRL BOY PEOPLE MAN WOMAN DOG BIRD
PONY FISH TREE PINE BOAT MOON
ACTIONS STOP DOWN FAST FASTER VERYFAST ZOOM GO UP SLOW SLOWER HALT ZAP
RUN TURN WALK DRIVE GALLOP JOG SAIL FLY SWIM FREEZE THAW
COLORS PAINT YELLOW PAINT WHITE PAINT GREEN PAINT BLUE PAINT BLACK PAINT RED
 
FARM
 
OJBECTS SUN PLANE CAR TRUCK HOUSE GIRL BOY PEOPLE MAN WOMAN DOG TREE
PINE FOAL BEES CALF MARE COW BULL GOAT COCK PIG SHEEP HEN
CAT CROW COOP OAK
ACTIONS DOWN UP TURN GO STOP RUN HALT SLOW FAST FASTER ZOOM FLY
JUMP HOP _ # TROT FREEZE THAW
COLORSPAINT YELLOW PAINT WHITE PAINT GREEN PAINT BLUE PAINT BLACK PAINT RED

Purpose: Logo Word Worlds are computer-based learning environments, or microworlds, for inductive learning of language. Children create and manipulate computer animated objects on the display screen by using words of a natural language. Word worlds are in essence language oriented "task domains " or "problem spaces" which provide virtual, streamlined experience to building the simplest model of language which a reader needs as an acceptable entry point to beginning knowledge of reading. (Lawler, Niang & Gning, 1983)

The main goal of the Purdue-Headstart-Apple Project was to explore the impact of computer experience with logo based Word Worlds on pre-readers. In addition, the project also included the following two goals.

Evaluation Information: (Hopper & Lawler, 1991)

Mary E. Hopper [MEHopper] | MEHopper@TheWorld.com [posted 01/01/01 | revised 02/02/02]