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

  • Satabdi Basu
  • John S. Kinnebrew
  • Gautam Biswas
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-07221-0_59

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8474)
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Basu S., Kinnebrew J.S., Biswas G. (2014) Assessing Student Performance in a Computational-Thinking Based Science Learning Environment. In: Trausan-Matu S., Boyer K.E., Crosby M., Panourgia K. (eds) Intelligent Tutoring Systems. ITS 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8474. Springer, Cham

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 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Satabdi Basu
    • 1
  • John S. Kinnebrew
    • 1
  • Gautam Biswas
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software Integrated SystemsVanderbilt UniversityUSA

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