Development of Computational Thinking Skills: An Experience With Undergraduate Students

Leticia Laura-Ochoa, Norka Bedregal-Alpaca

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Computational thinking is a type of analytical thinking that is developed intentionally, that is, under a 'learned' approach, and the best way to learn it is through computer programming. In this paper, the experience of using block-based programming environments such as Scratch, Lightbot and the PSelnt pseudo-code tool for the understanding of computational concepts and development of computational thinking skills is reported. A quasi-experimental methodological design was used, since it did not work with a control group. A mixed exploratory investigation was carried out. 85 first-year students from the Accounting Professional School of the National University of San Agustin de Arequipa participated in the experience. The results show that in introductory programming courses of short time period, teaching with block-based programming environments compared to the use of pseudocode with the PSelnt tool, facilitates the appropriation of computational concepts and the development of computational thinking skills; thus obtaining better learning results. It is concluded that block-based programming environments favor the construction of knowledge and foster the development of creativity and algorithmic thinking.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaProceedings - 2021 16th Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies, LACLO 2021
EditorialInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Páginas112-117
Número de páginas6
ISBN (versión digital)9781665423588
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 2021
Evento6th Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies, LACLO 2021 - Arequipa, Perú
Duración: 19 oct. 202121 oct. 2021

Serie de la publicación

NombreProceedings - 2021 16th Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies, LACLO 2021

Conferencia

Conferencia6th Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies, LACLO 2021
País/TerritorioPerú
CiudadArequipa
Período19/10/2121/10/21

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