Improving Computational Thinking in Nursing Students through Learning Computer Programming

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Abstract

Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for problem-solving, it uses computational concepts and other types of thinking such as algorithmic. The experience of improving computational thinking in nursing students using block-based programming environments such as Code.org, Lightbot, and the Python textual programming language is described. The results obtained are analyzed by applying a pre-and post-test of computational thinking to the students. The methodological design is quasi-experimental since it did not work with a control group. The study group was made up of 30 students from the Professional School of Nursing of the National University of San Agustin de Arequipa. The results show that teaching programming allows the understanding of computational concepts and improves computational thinking. It is concluded that block-based programming environments and the Python language facilitate the development of algorithmic thinking and computational thinking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-605
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Computational thinking assessment
  • Computational thinking test
  • Programming
  • Programming environments

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