Computational Thinking in Pre-Service Teacher Education: Integrating CT Module in the Curriculum

ID: 33249 Type: Full Paper
  1. Ninger Zhou, Xuemei Wu, Aman Yadav, Chris Mayfield, James Lehman, Susanne Hambrusch, and Tim Korb, Purdue University, United States

Tuesday, March 8 4:00-4:30 PM Location: Hermitage C

Presider: Thomas Winkler, University of Luebeck, IMIS, Germany

Abstract: Computational thinking (CT) is rapidly becoming an essential skill for the 21st century, and it is important for students as well as teachers to understand it. Although many have recognized the importance of teaching CT across disciplines, there have been limited efforts to train core content area teachers to incorporate CT into their teaching. This presentation discusses the design and implementation of a new module on computational thinking that highlights CT principles and how they relate to many academic disciplines. We have embedded the module into an introductory educational psychology course and assessed its impact on students. Results from our pilot study suggest that after completing the module, the students develop more favorable attitudes toward computer science and are more likely to integrate computing principles in their future teaching.


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