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Title: Uncovering Middle School CS Students’ Understanding of Variables and Control Structures: A Cognitive Think-Aloud Approach
Authors: Hui Yang
Satabdi Basu
Daisy Rutstein
Arif Rachmatullah
Carol Tate
Christopher Ortiz
Eliese Rulifson
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Yang, H., Basu, S., Rutstein, D., Rachmatullah, A., Tate, C., Ortiz, C., & Rulifson, E. (2023). Uncovering middle school CS students’ understanding of variables and control structures: A cognitive think-aloud approach. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 2139-2140). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This poster presents findings on middle school students’ understanding of core Computer Science (CS) concepts, such as variables and control structures, using cognitive think-aloud interviews with eight students. Each student worked on 16-22 formative assessment tasks designed to assess understanding on the ‘Algorithms and Programming’ middle school CS standards. Our study describes students’ interpretations of the CS concepts and discusses potential factors influencing student interpretations. Significance and next steps are described.
Description: Poster
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