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Beyond Pedagogy: Equitable Practices to Promote Computational Thinking by Means of Keller’s ARCS Motivation Model
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, University of Houston, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-61-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Technology continues to prevail more and more in our personal and professional lives by the day, making education no exception. To this end, questions about the role that technology should play in K-12 classrooms has been a heated debate on both sides of the spectrum. With teachers being right at the middle of these power relations, the way technology is integrated into classrooms becomes a matter of equity (Kesten, 2010). Now two decades into the 21st century, technological interventions are not limited to the basics of computer use, but rather computer scientists are suggesting that computational thinking be added as the fourth R of literacy-making it Reading, ‘Riting (writing), ‘Rithmatic (arithmetic), and ‘Rithm (algorithm) (Davidson, 2011; Hui & Hua, 2013). Thus, alongside efforts to close the achievement gap in the other three components of literacy, it is essential that we also address the hurdles that are impeding the rates of minority students taking interest to and pursuing computing professions (Morales-Chicas et al., 2019). This article (a) contextualizes educational equity issues; (b) explores core research themes related to computational thinking (c) evaluates the utility of and effectiveness of technology integration models as relevant to computational thinking; (d) spotlights Keller’s ARCS as an alternative model; and (e) suggests implications for research.

Citation

Mirghassemi, F. (2022). Beyond Pedagogy: Equitable Practices to Promote Computational Thinking by Means of Keller’s ARCS Motivation Model. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 53-58). San Diego, CA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 20, 2022 from .

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