Computational Thinking As an Emergent Learning Trajectory of Mathematics

Pia Niemelä, Tiina Partanen, Maarit Harsu, Leo Leppänen, Petri Ihantola

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    In the 21st century, the skills of computational thinking complement those of traditional math teaching. In order to gain the knowledge required to teach these skills, a cohort of math teachers participated in an in-service training scheme conducted as a massive open online course (MOOC). This paper analyses the success of this training scheme and uses the results of the study to focus on the skills of computational thinking, and to explore how math teachers expect to integrate computing into the K-12 math syllabus. The coursework and feedback from the MOOC course indicate that they readily associate computational thinking with problem solving in math. In addition, some of the teachers are inspired by the new opportunities to be creative in their teaching. However, the set of programming concepts they refer to in their essays is insubstantial and unfocused, so these concepts are consolidated here to form a hypothetical learning trajectory for computational thinking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Koli Calling Conference on Computing Education Research
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5301-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventKolin Kolistelut - Koli Calling -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

    Publication series

    NameKoli Calling '17


    ConferenceKolin Kolistelut - Koli Calling
    Period1/01/08 → …


    • K-12 computer science curriculum, computational thinking, in-service teacher training, learning trajectory, math-integrated computing

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