Perspectival computational thinking for learning physics: A case study of collaborative agent-based modeling

Amy Voss Farris, Pratim Sengupta

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Abstract

We examine the process through which computational thinking develops in a perspectival fashion as two middle school students collaborate with each other in order to develop computational models of two graphs of motion. We present an interaction analysis of the students' discourse and computational modeling, and analyze how they came to a joint understanding of the goal of the modeling activity. We show that this process involves bringing about coherence between multiple perspectives: the object in motion, the computational agent, the other student, and graphs of motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1102-1106
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Volume2
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 27 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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