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ERIC Number: EJ1212904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1648-5831
Lesson Planning by Computational Thinking Skills in Italian Pre-Service Teachers
Gabriele, Lorella; Bertacchini, Francesca; Tavernise, Assunta; Vaca-Cárdenas, Leticia; Pantano, Pietro; Bilotta, Eleonora
Informatics in Education, v18 n1 p69-104 2019
In the last years, a growing trend in different educational contexts focused on Computational Thinking (CT) skills acquisition for both in-service teachers and students. But very low attention has been paid to pre-service teachers' education in regards to CT skills. To solve this issue, an empirical experimentation has been carried out with 141 Italian pre-service teachers, that attended at a programming course, with the following aims: (1) provide them the main coding concepts by using Scratch 2.0; (2) offer practical advice on how to design educational applications (apps) to be applied into school context; (3) assess their apps by applying an already existing methodology, useful to give them feedback on their programming expertise and CT skills. Empirical findings showed that most of the participants achieved a medium-high level of CT skills, combining both design and programming skills in their school internship. Moreover, they reported a sense of greater self-esteem in teaching practice and a great emotional response from kids.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy