Computational thinking in the Danish high school: Learning coding, modeling, and content knowledge with Netlogo

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Computational thinking (CT) is emerging as an important theme in computer science and high school education. However, research is needed to inform high-school teachers how to foster students' development of CT in computer science and other subjects. Evidence suggests that agent-based modeling is a valuable way for students to learn CT in different subjects. This paper reports a teaching experiment where researchers, developers, and high school teachers collaborated to develop six NetLogo models. The models were used in nine Danish High Schools in the following four subjects: Biotechnology, chemistry, biology, and social science. Teachers and students had no or very limited experience with programming. Students build CT and content knowledge by using, modifying, and creating code in the models. This paper provides details for others to adopt the models and the underlying CMC framework, which integrates: Coding, Modeling, and Content. The paper evaluates the results from an open-ended questionnaire with all participating students (n=210) and semi-structured interviews with all teachers (n=15). Thematic analysis was applied to categorize the qualitative data. Results showed that students were able to use, modify, and create code in NetLogo that enabled them to develop CT and content knowledge. The CMC framework represents a fruitful way for teachers to design and teach and for students to tinker with learning CT.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSIGCSE 2019 - Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Sider (fra-til)913-918
Antal sider6
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 22 feb. 2019
Begivenhed50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2019 - Minneapolis, USA
Varighed: 27 feb. 20192 mar. 2019

Konference

Konference50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2019
LandUSA
ByMinneapolis
Periode27/02/201902/03/2019
SponsorACM SIGCSE

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