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Title: Bringing Computational Thinking Into High School Mathematics and Science Classrooms
Authors: Orton, Kai
Weintrop, David
Beheshti, Elham
Horn, Michael
Jona, Kemi
Wilensky, Uri
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Orton, K., Weintrop, D., Beheshti, E., Horn, M., Jona, K., & Wilensky, U. (2016). Bringing Computational Thinking Into High School Mathematics and Science Classrooms In Looi, C. K., Polman, J. L., Cress, U., and Reimann, P. (Eds.). Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2016, Volume 2. Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Computation is reshaping modern science and mathematics practices, but relatively few students have access to, or take, courses that adequately prepare them for the increasingly technological nature of these fields. Further, students who do study computational topics tend to not reflect the greater student body, with female and minority students being disproportionately underrepresented. To address these issues, we investigate the approach of embedding computational thinking content into required high school mathematics and science coursework. Using data from a 3-year implementation, we present results showing differences in attitudes towards computing by gender, while also finding similar gaps do not correlate with aptitude. Using pre/post measures, we then show female participants expressed improved confidence with computational thinking and interest in STEM careers. Additionally, we report a dosage effect, where participating in more activities resulted in greater learning gains, providing evidence in support of embedding computational thinking enhanced activities across high school curriculum.
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