An instructional model to link designing and conceptual understanding in secondary computer science education

Ebrahim Rahimi, Erik Barendsen, Ineke Henze

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Abstract

In design-based education, students use scientific concepts to inform their artifact-making endeavors. On the other hand, artifactmaking activities are meant to deepen students' conceptual understanding. However, no strategy has been described that explicitly links conceptual development and artifact-making endeavors in computer science design projects in an authentic way. To fill this gap, in this 'work in progress' study, we developed an instructional model for fusion designing and conceptual learning in CS education. A key component of the model is the 'intermediate design products' which play a critical role in connecting designing and conceptual learning. The model served to develop exemplary lesson materials meant to enhance students' algorithmic thinking. The materials were implemented and evaluated in four classes. The results suggest the model provides opportunities to improve students' algorithmic thinking. Furthermore, intermediate products turn out to be promising inputs for (formative) assessment of conceptual development in design projects by capturing and revealing students' misconceptions about basic CS concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2018
EditorsQ. Cutts, A. Muhling
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365888
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event13th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2018 - Potsdam, Germany
Duration: 4 Oct 20186 Oct 2018

Conference

Conference13th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2018
CountryGermany
CityPotsdam
Period4/10/186/10/18

Keywords

  • Algorithmic thinking
  • Computer science education
  • Conceptual development
  • Design-based education
  • Learning by designing

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    Rahimi, E., Barendsen, E., & Henze, I. (2018). An instructional model to link designing and conceptual understanding in secondary computer science education. In Q. Cutts, & A. Muhling (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, WiPSCE 2018 [a9] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3265757.3265768