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ERIC Number: EJ1154750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Five Affordances of Computational Thinking to Support Elementary Mathematics Education
Gadanidis, George
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v36 n2 p143-151 Apr 2017
With the increased focus on computational thinking (CT) in education, it is important to investigate the affordances that CT may offer to support teaching and learning. This paper outlines five affordances of CT that may support elementary mathematics education, whose conceptualization was refined in a year-long study involving eight Grades 3-4 teachers and their students. In this research project, teachers collaborated with the author to design integrated math/CT activities for curriculum topics they would soon teach and to implement the activities in their classrooms. The five affordances (agency, access, abstraction, automation, and audience) are discussed with references to classroom activities, student work artefacts, and student and teacher comments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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