Assessing elementary students’ computational thinking in everyday reasoning and robotics programming
Guanhua Chen, Ji Shen, University of Miami, United States ; Lauren Barth-Cohen, University of Utah, United States ; Shiyan Jiang, University of Miami, United States ; Xiaoting Huang, Peking University, China ; Moataz Eltoukhy, University of Miami, United States
Computers & Education Volume 109, Number 1, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Based on a framework of computational thinking (CT) adapted from Computer Science Teacher Association's standards, an instrument was developed to assess fifth grade students' CT. The items were contextualized in two types of CT application (coding in robotics and reasoning of everyday events). The instrument was administered as a pre and post measure in an elementary school where a new humanoid robotics curriculum was adopted by their fifth grade. Results show that the instrument has good psychometric properties and has the potential to reveal student learning challenges and growth in terms of CT.
Chen, G., Shen, J., Barth-Cohen, L., Jiang, S., Huang, X. & Eltoukhy, M. (2017). Assessing elementary students’ computational thinking in everyday reasoning and robotics programming. Computers & Education, 109(1), 162-175. Elsevier Ltd.
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