Further Reading

The principles behind the Turtle System were explained in Peter Millican’s 2004 research thesis, which discusses much of the relevant pedagogical literature, as well as providing technical details and results from teaching experience. For a less technical introduction, see Peter Millican’s articles in Computing at School’s SwitchedOn magazine.

Peter Millican’s Research Thesis

Peter Millican’s Articles in SwitchedOn Magazine

  • SwitchedOn Article 1
  • SwitchedOn Article 2
  • SwitchedOn Article 3

The Turtle System

An Easy Way Into Text-Based Programming and Computer Science

Issue 15, Autumn 2014

“The Turtle System, with teaching resources and tools for setting and marking coursework, is available free thanks to a new project at Oxford University co-funded by the Department for Education. Peter Millican, Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, explains the principles behind the system he has developed.”

Using the Turtle System:

An Easy Way To Start Text-Based Programming

Issue 16, Spring 2015

“The Turtle System, with teaching resources and coursework setting and marking tools, is available free thanks to a new project at Oxford University co-funded by the Department for Education. Peter Millican, Professor at Hertford College, Oxford, shows how to get started, both using the system and teaching with it.”

Computing Concepts and Models

to Enrich the Entire School Curriculum

Issue 21, Autumn 2016

“The Turtle System has recently been significantly developed at Oxford University thanks to a project co-funded by the Department for Education. Peter Millican, Professor at Hertford College and author of the system, has written a free book and suite of programs illustrating the value of CS concepts to many subjects.”