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written by John M. Aiken, Marcos D. Caballero, Scott S. Douglas, John B. Burk, Erin M. Scanlon, Brian D. Thoms, and Michael F. Schatz
Recently, the National Research Council's framework for next generation science standards highlighted "computational thinking" as one of its "fundamental practices". 9th Grade students taking a physics course that employed the Arizona State University's Modeling Instruction curriculum were taught to construct computational models of physical systems. Student computational thinking was assessed using a proctored programming assignment, written essay, and a series of think-aloud interviews, where the students produced and discussed a computational model of a baseball in motion via a high-level programming environment (VPython). Roughly a third of the students in the study were successful in completing the programming assignment. Student success on this assessment was tied to how students synthesized their knowledge of physics and computation. On the essay and interview assessments, students displayed unique views of the relationship between force and motion; those who spoke of this relationship in causal (rather than observational) terms tended to have more success in the programming exercise.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 46-49
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10.1063/1.4789648
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0942076
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Computational Modeling, Computational Thinking, Modeling Instruction, PERC 2012
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J. Aiken, M. Caballero, S. Douglas, J. Burk, E. Scanlon, B. Thoms, and M. Schatz, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12626&DocID=3214).
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J. Aiken, M. Caballero, S. Douglas, J. Burk, E. Scanlon, B. Thoms, and M. Schatz, Understanding student computational thinking with computational modeling presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12626&DocID=3214>.
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Aiken, J., Caballero, M., Douglas, S., Burk, J., Scanlon, E., Thoms, B., & Schatz, M. (2012, August 1-2). Understanding student computational thinking with computational modeling. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12626&DocID=3214
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Aiken, J, M. Caballero, S. Douglas, J. Burk, E. Scanlon, B. Thoms, and M. Schatz. "Understanding student computational thinking with computational modeling." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12626&DocID=3214 (accessed 16 April 2014).
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Aiken, John, Marcos Caballero, Scott Douglas, John Burk, Erin Scanlon, Brian Thoms, and Michael Schatz. "Understanding student computational thinking with computational modeling." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 46-49 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12626&DocID=3214>.
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