Bringing computational thinking into high school mathematics and science classrooms

Kai Orton, David Weintrop, Elham Beheshti, Michael Horn, Kemi Jona, Uri Wilensky

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18 Scopus citations

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 mea sures, 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages705-712
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

Keywords

  • Broadening participation
  • Computational thinking
  • High school mathematics and science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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