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Bortz, Whitney Wall; Gautam, Aakash; Tatar, Deborah; Lipscomb, Kemper – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Integrating computational thinking (CT) and science education is complex, and assessing the resulting learning gains even more so. Arguments that assessment should match the learning (Biggs, "Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education," 21(1), 5-16. 1996; Airasian and Miranda, "Theory into Practice," 41(4), 249-254. 2002;…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Science Education, Evaluation Methods
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Arastoopour Irgens, Golnaz; Dabholkar, Sugat; Bain, Connor; Woods, Philip; Hall, Kevin; Swanson, Hillary; Horn, Michael; Wilensky, Uri – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Despite STEM education communities recognizing the importance of integrating computational thinking (CT) into high school curricula, computation still remains a separate area of study in K-12 contexts. In addition, much of the research on CT has focused on creating generally agreed-upon definitions and curricula, but few studies have empirically…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Biology, Scores, Pretests Posttests
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Aksit, Osman; Wiebe, Eric N. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Computational thinking (CT) and modeling are authentic practices that scientists and engineers use frequently in their daily work. Advances in computing technologies have further emphasized the centrality of modeling in science by making computationally enabled model use and construction more accessible to scientists. As such, it is important for…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education
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Hutchins, Nicole M.; Biswas, Gautam; Maróti, Miklós; Lédeczi, Ákos; Grover, Shuchi; Wolf, Rachel; Blair, Kristen Pilner; Chin, Doris; Conlin, Luke; Basu, Satabdi; McElhaney, Kevin – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Synergistic learning combining computational thinking (CT) and STEM has proven to be an effective method for advancing learning and understanding in a number of STEM domains and simultaneously helping students develop important CT concepts and practices. We adopt a design-based approach to develop, evaluate, and refine our Collaborative,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, STEM Education, Thinking Skills
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Moore, Tamara J.; Brophy, Sean P.; Tank, Kristina M.; Lopez, Ruben D.; Johnston, Amanda C.; Hynes, Morgan M.; Gajdzik, Elizabeth – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Computational thinking requires high cognitive load as students work to manage multiple tasks in their problem-solving environment. Through research in K-2 classrooms on computational thinking, we noticed that students lack the representational fluency needed to move from one form to another--such as moving from physical to more abstract…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Grade 2, Task Analysis, Elementary School Students
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Waterman, Kevin P.; Goldsmith, Lynn; Pasquale, Marian – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Using an example of a grade 3 science unit about population changes during competition for resources, we describe how we integrated computational thinking (CT) into existing curriculum identifying three levels of depth of integration: identifying connections that already exist, enhancing and strengthening connections, and extending units to…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Computation, Elementary School Science, Learning Activities
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Dickes, Amanda Catherine; Farris, Amy Voss; Sengupta, Pratim – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
In recent years, the field of education has challenged researchers and practitioners to incorporate computing as an essential focus of K-12 STEM education. Integrating computing within K-12 STEM supports learners of all ages in codeveloping and using computational thinking in existing curricular contexts alongside practices essential for…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Coding, STEM Education, Computer Science Education
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Lee, Irene; Malyn-Smith, Joyce – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This paper describes analyses of the K-12 computational thinking (CT) integration activities collected at two NSF-funded workshops, "Developing an Interdisciplinary Framework for Integrating Computational Thinking in K-12 Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering Education," held in August and November of 2017 at Education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, Computation
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Hadad, Roxana; Thomas, Kate; Kachovska, Mila; Yin, Yue – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Making activities and environments have been shown to foster the development of computational thinking (CT) skills for students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject areas. To properly cultivate CT skills and the related dispositions, educators must understand students' needs and build awareness of how CT informs a deeper…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Computation, Thinking Skills, STEM Education
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Pierson, Ashlyn E.; Brady, Corey E.; Clark, Douglas B. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This paper describes the work done by sixth grade students to achieve and sustain productive and personally meaningful lines of inquiry with computational models. The capacity to frame interactions with tools as dialogic exchanges with co-participants is a productive practice for disciplinary engagement in science and for computational thinking…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Thinking Skills, Self Concept, Personal Autonomy
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Lee, Irene; Grover, Shuchi; Martin, Fred; Pillai, Sarita; Malyn-Smith, Joyce – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This article provides an introduction for the special issue of the "Journal of Science Education and Technology" focused on computational thinking (CT) from a disciplinary perspective. The special issue connects earlier research on what K-12 students can learn and be able to do using CT with the CT skills and habits of mind needed to…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, STEM Education
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Ketelhut, Diane Jass; Mills, Kelly; Hestness, Emily; Cabrera, Lautaro; Plane, Jandelyn; McGinnis, J. Randy – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Computer science and computer science education are marked by gender and racial disparities. To increase the number and diversity of students engaging in computer science, young children need opportunities to develop interest and foundational understandings, including computational thinking (CT). Accordingly, elementary teachers need to understand…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computation, Thinking Skills, Faculty Development
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Zviel-Girshin, Rina; Luria, Adi; Shaham, Chait – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
This paper presents findings regarding the addition of robotics education in kindergarten and elementary school as a tool for enhancing technological thinking, increasing children's confidence in using technology, developing essential twenty-first century skills and increasing children's self-confidence. A unique tailored compulsory program for…
Descriptors: Robotics, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students
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Yin, Yue; Hadad, Roxana; Tang, Xiaodan; Lin, Qiao – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Computational thinking (CT) is believed to be a critical factor to facilitate STEM learning, and a vital learning objective itself. Therefore, researchers are continuing to explore effective ways to improve and assess it. Makerspaces feature various hands-on activities, which can attract students with diverse interests from different backgrounds.…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM Education, Hands on Science
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Ulus, Beste; Oner, Diler – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
In this mixed-method study, we investigated whether the use of a web-based inquiry science environment (WISE) unit would improve the knowledge integration (KI) of middle school students with no formal school-based prior experience with inquiry instruction. A unit on heat and temperature that reflected KI principles and processes was designed and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Inquiry
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