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Authors: Pratim Sengupta 1 ; John S. Kinnebrew 2 ; Gautam Biswas 2 and Douglas Clark 3

Affiliations: 1 Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and Vanderbilt University, United States ; 2 Vanderbilt University, United States ; 3 Peabody College and Vanderbilt University, United States

ISBN: 978-989-8565-07-5

Keyword(s): Computational Thinking, Agent-based Modelling and Simulation, Visual Programming, Constructionism, Learning by Design, Explanation and Argumentation, Computational Modelling.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Computer-Supported Education ; e-Learning ; Immersive Learning ; Learning/Teaching Methodologies and Assessment ; Pedagogy Enhancement with e-Learning ; Social Context and Learning Environments ; Theoretical Bases of e-Learning Environments

Abstract: Computational thinking (CT) draws on concepts that are fundamental to computing and computer science, however, as an approach, it includes practices, such as problem representation, abstraction, decomposition, simulation, verification, and prediction that are also central to modelling, reasoning, and problem solving in many scientific and mathematical disciplines. Recently, arguments have been made in favour of integrating programming and CT with K-12 curricula. In this paper, we present a theoretical investigation of key issues that need to be considered for integrating CT with K-12 science. We identify the synergies between pro-gramming and CT on one hand, and scientific expertise on the other. We then present a critical review of literature on educational computing, and propose a set of guidelines for designing learning environments in science that can jointly foster the development of computational thinking with scientific expertise. Finally, we describe the design of a learning e nvironment that supports CT through modelling and simulation to help middle school students learn physics and biology. (More)

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Sengupta, P.; S. Kinnebrew, J.; Biswas, G. and Clark, D. (2012). INTEGRATING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING WITH K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION - A Theoretical Framework.In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8565-07-5, pages 40-49. DOI: 10.5220/0003915500400049

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JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - INTEGRATING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING WITH K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION - A Theoretical Framework
SN - 978-989-8565-07-5
AU - Sengupta, P.
AU - S. Kinnebrew, J.
AU - Biswas, G.
AU - Clark, D.
PY - 2012
SP - 40
EP - 49
DO - 10.5220/0003915500400049

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