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ERIC Number: EJ1173073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-4820
Programming Video Games and Simulations in Science Education: Exploring Computational Thinking through Code Analysis
Garneli, Varvara; Chorianopoulos, Konstantinos
Interactive Learning Environments, v26 n3 p386-401 2018
Various aspects of computational thinking (CT) could be supported by educational contexts such as simulations and video-games construction. In this field study, potential differences in student motivation and learning were empirically examined through students' code. For this purpose, we performed a teaching intervention that took place over five weeks, with two-hour sessions per week, plus two more weeks for the pretest and post-test projects. Students were taught programming concepts through a science project; one group represented the function of a basic electric circuit by creating a simulation, while the other group represented the same function by creating a video game in which a player should achieve a score in order to win. Video game construction resulted in projects with higher CT skills and more primitives, as measured through projects' code analysis. Moreover, the video-game context seems to better motivate students for future engagement with computing activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece
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