Fostering Computational Thinking in an Introductory Physics Lab

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Fall 9-11-2019


•Thinking computationally means conceptualizing a problem and formulating it in a way that a computer can solve it (Wing, 2010). •Computational Thinking (CT) is the third pillar of the scientific method along with theory and experimentation and is a fundamental skill that K-12 students and undergraduates should be equipped with (Wing, 2016; 2006). •Research on CT has only been active the last 10 years and most studies are still at the stage of ideas (Kalelioglu et al., 2016). •The integration of CT aspects in instruction is a widely expanding phenomenon in physics classrooms in the context of higher education, and numerous studies discuss the pedagogical advantages of CT in the context of physics (Chabay & Sherwood, 2008; Caballero et al., 2012). •While there are some descriptions of expert CT skills in the literature (Chenglie, 2011), there is minimal description of novice CT skills and no accepted framework that describes how novices become experts.


This poster was completed for STEM Instructional Program 18-19 and was presented at Fall Convocation 2019.

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