Workshops and co-design can help teachers integrate computational thinking into their k-12 stem classes

Sally P.W. Wu*, Amanda Peel, Connor Bain, Gabriella Anton, Michael Horn, Uri Wilensky

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Abstract

This work aims to help high school STEM teachers integrate computational thinking (CT) into their classrooms by engaging teachers as curriculum co-designers. K-12 teachers who are not trained in computer science may not see the value of CT in STEM classrooms and how to engage their students in computational practices that reflect the practices of STEM professionals. To this end, we developed a 4-week professional development workshop for eight science and mathematics high school teachers to co-design computationally enhanced curriculum with our team of researchers. The workshop first provided an introduction to computational practices and tools for STEM education. Then, teachers engaged in co-design to enhance their science and mathematics curricula with computational practices in STEM. Data from surveys and interviews showed that teachers learned about computational thinking, computational tools, coding, and the value of collaboration after the professional development. Further, they were able to integrate multiple computational tools that engage their students in CT-STEM practices. These findings suggest that teachers can learn to use computational practices and tools through workshops, and that teachers collaborating with researchers in co-design to develop computational enhanced STEM curriculum may be a powerful way to engage students and teachers with CT in K-12 classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of International Conference on Computational Thinking Education
StatePublished - 2020
Event4th International Conference on Computational Thinking Education, CTE 2020 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Aug 19 2020Aug 21 2020

Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Curriculum design
  • K-12
  • STEM education
  • Teacher professional development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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