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

  • Satabdi Basu
  • John S. Kinnebrew
  • Gautam Biswas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8474)


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.


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


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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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