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written by Hilary A. Dwyer, Bryce Boe, Charlotte Hill, Diana Franklin, and Danielle Harlow
Computational thinking, an approach to problem solving, is a key practice of science education rarely integrated into instruction in an authentic way. A second key practice, creating models of physical phenomenon, has been recognized as an important strategy for facilitating students' deeper understandings of both science concepts and the practices of science. We are creating an interdisciplinary computational thinking curriculum for grades 4-6 that combines the development of computational thinking with content in other disciplines such as science. Here we present an example project where students can iteratively develop a model to explain the momentum and acceleration of an object, coupled with sophisticated computational thinking concepts to simulate that model. In addition, we present two findings from related research on fourth graders' pre-instructional knowledge related to computational thinking: 1) Students recognized the need for but struggled to produce specific instructions, and 2) Students understood that small errors could change outcomes.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 133-136
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
- Communication
- Sample Population
= Age: Early Childhood
General Physics
- Computational Physics
- Elementary School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.021
NSF Numbers:
1240985
0940491
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
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Keywords:
Computational Thinking, Elementary School Education, PERC 2013
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H. Dwyer, B. Boe, C. Hill, D. Franklin, and D. Harlow, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13126&DocID=3675).
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H. Dwyer, B. Boe, C. Hill, D. Franklin, and D. Harlow, Computational Thinking for Physics: Programming Models of Physics Phenomenon in Elementary School, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13126&DocID=3675>.
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Dwyer, H., Boe, B., Hill, C., Franklin, D., & Harlow, D. (2013, July 17-18). Computational Thinking for Physics: Programming Models of Physics Phenomenon in Elementary School. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13126&DocID=3675
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Dwyer, H, B. Boe, C. Hill, D. Franklin, and D. Harlow. "Computational Thinking for Physics: Programming Models of Physics Phenomenon in Elementary School." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13126&DocID=3675 (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Dwyer, Hilary A., Bryce Boe, Charlotte Hill, Diana Franklin, and Danielle Harlow. "Computational Thinking for Physics: Programming Models of Physics Phenomenon in Elementary School." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 133-136 of PER Conference. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13126&DocID=3675>.
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