Assessment of Computational Thinking Skill among High School and Vocational School Students in Taiwan

ID: 43144 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Greg Lee, Yu-Tzu Lin, and Judith Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Wednesday, June 25 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: B3117 View on map

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Abstract: In a world where every work field either involves or influenced by computing, computation thinking becomes an important skill for the 21st century students. In this study, a quantitative study is carried out to determine Taiwan high school and vocational school students’ computational thinking skill. Fifteen tasks, five easy, five medium, and five hard, from the International Bebras Contest were selected and used as computational thinking test questions. In all, 3,416 students from 18 high schools and 695 students from 9 vocational schools participated in this study. The test results show that neither group performed up to the pre-experiment expectation. This indicates that the secondary students were not as well prepared in solving problems computationally. In summary, the data presented in this study provides a basis for high schools and vocational schools alike to re-exam the opportunity afford to the students in developing enhancing students’ computational skill.

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