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Computational Thinking in Mathematics Teacher Education

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CITE Journal Volume 17, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

As computational thinking (CT) is increasing in focus in K-12 education, it is important to consider how teacher education programs may better prepare teacher candidates (TCs). Previous studies have found that TCs do not always have a firm understanding of what CT involves, and they might not have clear ideas about how to develop CT in their future classrooms. In this context, the authors developed a course for elementary school TCs focusing on CT in mathematics education. The course integrated CT in the context of mathematics activities to help TCs develop both a conceptual understanding of mathematics and mathematics teaching with CT. The paper presents a case study analysis of TCs’ online discussions and reflection assignments of the course, as well as themes in their learning about and attitudes toward CT in mathematics teaching and learning.

Citation

Gadanidis, G., Cendros, R., Floyd, L. & Namukasa, I. (2017). Computational Thinking in Mathematics Teacher Education. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 17(4), 458-477. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved August 15, 2018 from .

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