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Powers, Jillian; Azhar, Mohammad – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2020

This article describes an introductory computational thinking (CT) lesson that was implemented into five educational technology classes at a large university in the southern United States. A total of 88 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the lesson. The project was the result of a collaboration between education faculty and a…

Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Educational Technology, College Students

Eustace, James; Bradford, Michael; Pathak, Pramod – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2020

Mathematics is a foundation subject within Computer Science which students continue to find challenging. Technology-enhanced learning pedagogies provide opportunities to improve educational learning outcomes, supporting dialogue and best practice. Research conducted over a three-year period at National College of Ireland's "Introduction to…

Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education, Mathematics Instruction

Allen, Lee – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2020

With ongoing efforts in the United States to further develop the availability of computer science education in the public schools, federal, state, and local educational agencies are increasing efforts to encourage and promote the inclusion of computer science and programming skills in the middle school curriculum (Grover, Pea, & Cooper, 2015).…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Public Schools, Faculty Development, Programming

Brush, Thomas; Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Anne; Kwon, Kyungbin; Karlin, Michael – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2020

The focus of this research project was to examine how problem- based learning (PBL) impacts students' interest and knowledge in computer science (CS) at the elementary level. By focusing on a problem that emphasizes social activism, we hypothesized that PBL CS could increase interest for students. We employed an iterative design-based research…

Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Implementation, Problem Based Learning, Computer Science Education

Rich, Kathryn M.; Yadov, Aman; Zhu, Marissa – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2019

Moving among levels of abstraction is an important skill in mathematics and computer science, and students show similar difficulties when applying abstraction in each discipline. While computer science educators have examined ways to explicitly teach students how to consciously navigate levels of abstraction, these ideas have not been explored in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Science Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Good, Jonathon; Keenan, Sarah; Mishra, Punya – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2016

The popular press is rife with examples of how students in the United States and around the globe are learning to program, make, and tinker. The Hour of Code, maker-education, and similar efforts are advocating that more students be exposed to principles found within computer science. We propose an expansion beyond simply teaching computational…

Descriptors: Aesthetics, Computer Science Education, Thinking Skills, Computer Literacy

Oliver, Kevin – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2016

This paper presents the results of a comparison study between graduate students taking a software security course at an American university and international working professionals taking a version of the same course online through a free massive open online course (MOOC) created in the Google CourseBuilder learning environment. A goal of the study…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Online Courses, Graduate Students, Continuing Education

Straub, Jeremy; Marsh, Ronald; Whalen, David – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2015

Project-based learning and interdisciplinary projects present an opportunity for students to learn both technical skills and other skills which are relevant to their workplace success. This paper presents an assessment of the educational impact of the OpenOrbiter program, a student-run, interdisciplinary CubeSat (a type of small satellite with…

Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Space Sciences

Avancena, Aimee Theresa; Nishihara, Akinori – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2014

Computer science for high school faces many challenging issues. One of these is whether the students possess the appropriate cognitive ability for learning the fundamentals of computer science. Online tests were created based on known cognitive factors and fundamental algorithms and were implemented among the second grade students in the…

Descriptors: High School Students, Computer Science Education, Cognitive Ability, Student Evaluation

Sherrell, Linda; Malasri, Kriangsiri; Mills, David; Thomas, Allen; Greer, James – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2012

From 2004-2007, the University of Memphis carried out the NSF-funded Tri-P-LETS (Three P Learning Environment for Teachers and Students) project to improve local high-school computer science curricula. The project reached a total of 58 classrooms in eleven high schools emphasizing problem solving skills, programming concepts as opposed to syntax,…

Descriptors: Workshops, Inservice Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, Secondary School Teachers

Meerbaum-Salant, Orni; Hazzan, Orit – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

This paper focuses on challenges in mentoring software development projects in the high school and analyzes difficulties encountered by Computer Science teachers in the mentoring process according to Shulman's Teacher Knowledge Base Model. The main difficulties that emerged from the data analysis belong to the following knowledge sources of…

Descriptors: Mentors, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Computer Software, Computer Science

Lin, Janet Mei-Chuen; Yang, Mei-Ching – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

In this study half of 52 sixth graders learned to program in MSWLogo and the other half in Drape. An analysis of students' test scores revealed that Drape (an iconic language) seemed to have a steeper learning curve than MSWLogo (a textual language). However, as students gradually became more familiar with either language, the difference in…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Programming Languages, Science Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness

Ragonis, Noa; Hazzan, Orit – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

This paper offers a tutoring model its objective is to develop and establish the pedagogical-disciplinary knowledge of prospective computer science teachers with respect to guiding learners in problem-solving processes. The paper presents the tutoring model and the research that accompanied its implementation. The research findings indicate that…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Tutoring, Models, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Shubert, Charles; Ceraj, Ivica; Riley, Justin – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2009

The advancement of computer technology used for research is creating the need to change the way classes are taught in higher education. "Bringing Research Tools into the Classroom" has become a major focus of the work of the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT) for the Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the…

Descriptors: Research Tools, Undergraduate Study, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Innovation

Richardson, William H., Jr. – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2006

Computational precision is sometimes given short shrift in a first programming course. Treating this topic requires discussing integer and floating-point number representations and inaccuracies that may result from their use. An example of a moderately simple programming problem from elementary statistics was examined. It forced students to…

Descriptors: Numbers, Introductory Courses, Computation, Statistics