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Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Volume 8474 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 476-481

Assessing Student Performance in a Computational-Thinking Based Science Learning Environment

  • Satabdi BasuAffiliated withInstitute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University
  • , John S. KinnebrewAffiliated withInstitute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University
  • , Gautam BiswasAffiliated withInstitute for Software Integrated Systems, Vanderbilt University

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Abstract

Computational Thinking (CT) can effectively promote science learning, but K-12 curricula lack efforts to integrate CT with science. In this paper, we present a generic CT assessment scheme and propose metrics for evaluating correctness of computational and domain-specific constructs in computational models that students construct in CTSiM – a learning environment that combines CT with middle school science. We report a teacher-led, multi-domain classroom study using CTSiM and use our metrics to study how students’ model evolution relates to their pre-post learning gains. Our results lay the framework for online evaluation and scaffolding of students in CTSiM.

Keywords

Computational Thinking Science education CT Assessments Computational Modeling Agent-based modeling and Simulations Scaffolding