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Title: Shifts in High School Students’ Conceptions of Sensor-Based Devices and Toys
Authors: Jayathirtha, Gayithri
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Jayathirtha, G. (2022). Shifts in high school students’ conceptions of sensor-based devices and toys. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1209-1212). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Advancing conceptions of computing system internals—structural composition and dynamic behavior— is key to learning computing and critically engaging with it. However, novices’ informal ideas challenge their engagement. In this study, I conducted and qualitatively analyzed ten students’ interviews about a pair of functionally similar computing artifacts before and after a 14-week-long online electronic textiles unit. The analysis revealed that, post-unit, students had developed advanced conceptions of computing systems, both structurally and behaviorally. They frequently accounted for computing and explained internal dynamics in terms of data and control flow. I discuss implications of the findings for future computing education research and designs to promote critical computing learning.
Description: Short Paper
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