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Title: Coding and Analyzing Scientific Observations From Middle School Students in Minecraft
Authors: Yi, Sherry
Gadbury, Matt
Lane, H. Chad
Keywords: Design
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Yi, S., Gadbury, M., & Lane, H. C. (2020). Coding and Analyzing Scientific Observations From Middle School Students in Minecraft. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 3 (pp. 1787-1788). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The importance of promoting interest in STEM is crucial to the recruitment and retainment of underrepresented populations in the STEM field. We created a one-week summer camp program centered around astronomy using Minecraft to help promote interest in science. We capitalize on data logs collected from two 1-week camps in summer 2019 and code scientific observations made by campers for the types of scientific observations and their level of quality using Cohen’s Kappa. Results showed that the majority of observations are descriptive, comparative, inferential, or analogous, as opposed to being off topic or factual. We discuss possible reasons for this distribution and design implications for future reiterations.
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