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Türker, Pinar Mihci; Pala, Ferhat Kadir – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2020
In this study, the effect of algorithm education on pre-service teachers' computational thinking skills and computer programming self-efficacy perceptions were examined. In the study, one group pretest posttest experimental design was employed. The participants consisted of 24 (14 males and 10 females) pre-service teachers, majoring in Computer…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Computation, Computer Science Education, Programming
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Gillott, Lauren; Joyce-Gibbons, Andrew; Hidson, Elizabeth – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2020
This study compares computational thinking skills evidenced by two groups of students in two different secondary schools: one group per school was studying a qualification in Computer Science. The aim was to establish which elements of computational thinking were more prevalent in students studying Computer Science to a higher level. This in turn…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Computer Science Education, Exit Examinations
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Sirakaya, Didem Alsancak – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2020
This research aims to determine the change in students' computational thinking skills according to their ICT and mobile technology experience and frequency of use. The sample of the study, designed with the survey model, consisted of 269 students attending a vocational school of higher education. Data were collected using the Computational…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Information Technology, Handheld Devices, Electronic Learning
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Robertson, Judy; Gray, Stuart; Martin, Toye; Booth, Josephine – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2020
We argue that understanding the cognitive foundations of computational thinking will assist educators to improve children's learning in computing. We explain the conceptual relationship between executive functions and aspects of computational thinking. We present initial empirical data from 23 eleven year old learners which investigates the…
Descriptors: Executive Function, Computation, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Skills
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Cansu, Sibel Kiliçarslan; Cansu, Fatih Kürsat – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2019
Computers and smart devices have become ubiquitous staples of our lives. Computers and computer-controlled devices are used in all industries from medicine to engineering, and textile production. One field where computers have inevitably spread into is education, and one pre-requisite of controlling computers, or increasing the level and…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Computer Science Education
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Kwon, Kyungbin; Cheon, Jongpil – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2019
Although teachers need to assess computational thinking (CT) for computer science education in K-12, it is not easy for them to evaluate students' programs based on the perspective. The purpose of this study was to investigate students' CT skills reflected in their Scratch programs. The context of the study was a middle school coding club where…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computation, Thinking Skills, Coding
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How, Meng-Leong; Looi, Chee-Kit – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2018
Computational Thinking (CT) is pervasive in our daily lives and is useful for problem-solving. Decision-making is a crucial part of problem-solving. In the extant literature, problem-solving strategies in educational settings are often conveniently attributed to intuition; however, it is well documented that computer programmers might even have…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Decision Making
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Waite, Jane Lisa; Curzon, Paul; Marsh, William; Sentance, Sue; Hadwen-Bennett, Alex – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2018
Research indicates that understanding levels of abstraction (LOA) and being able to move between the levels is essential to programming success. For K-5 contexts LOA levels have been named: problem, design, code and running the code. In a qualitative exploratory study, five K-5 teachers were interviewed on their uses of LOA, particularly the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Programming, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computation
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Lockwood, James; Mooney, Aidan – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2018
Computational Thinking has been described as an essential skill which everyone should learn and can therefore include in their skill set. Seymour Papert (Papert, 1980) is credited as concretising Computational Thinking in 1980 but Jeanette Wing (Wing, 2006) popularised the term in 2006 and brought it to the international community's attention.…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Logical Thinking, Secondary Education
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Kwon, Kyungbin; Lee, Kyungbin; Chung, Jaehwa – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2018
Evaluating the quality of students' programs is necessary for better teaching and learning. Although many innovative learning environments for computer science have been introduced, the scarcity of program evaluation frames and tools is a demanding issue in the teaching practice. This study examined the quality of students' Scratch programs by…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Programming Languages, Program Evaluation
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von Wangenheim, Christiane Gresse; Alves, Nathalia Cruz; Rodrigues, Pedro Eurico; Hauck, Jean Carlo – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2017
In order to be well-educated citizens in the 21st century, children need to learn computing in school. However, implementing computing education in schools faces several practical problems, such as a lack of computing teachers and time in an already overloaded curriculum. A solution may be a multidisciplinary approach, integrating computing…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computation, Thinking Skills, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Jenkins, Craig W. – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2017
This paper is part of a wider action research project taking place at a secondary school in South Wales, UK. The overarching aim of the project is to examine the potential for aspects of literacy and computational thinking to be developed using extensible 'build your own block' programming activities. This paper examines classroom talk at an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Secondary School Students, Thinking Skills
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Papadimitriou, Alexandros – International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 2017
This paper presents an innovative interactive scenario framework called ISLEC for the learning of electrical circuits by high school students or beginners of higher education. This framework aims to develop investigative, critical, creative, and decision-making skills by trainees, as well as aiming to tackle and resolve misunderstandings and…
Descriptors: Equipment, Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Active Learning