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Play‐based learning for programming education in primary school: The Östersund model
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Computer and System science. (Forum för digitalisering (FODI))
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Computer and System science. (FODI)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4153-5549
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL 2017 / [ed] Anabela Mesquita and Paula Peres, Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2017, Vol. 16, p. 375-383Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Learning to program has been classified as problematic learning with high drop‐outrates and low motivation at university level. Like the learning of a natural language thelearning of syntax and basic techniques in a programming language is easier and more naturalif started at a younger age. This study is based on an evaluation of a pilot project for studentsin a Primary school where computational thinking and programming concepts have beenintroduced as play‐based learning. Students have learnt concepts such as ‘Bubble sort’ byplaying the algorithm without any computer. Later the learnt concepts and algorithms havebeen implemented with Scratch and the Python programming language as main tools.The aim of the study is to describe and discuss a model for implementing computationalthinking and programming for fifth grade students by play‐based learning. As the overallresearch strategy the case study approach was used to evaluate this pilot project. Data hasbeen collected in a combination of observations, interviews and group discussions during a 15session pilot course and three workshops on teacher training. Findings have been analysedthematically and presented using the SWOT framework to identify and discuss strengths,weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the Östersund model.Learning outcomes of the pilot were promising but with individual variations in the studentgroup. The idea of introducing programming and computational thinking as early as in primaryschool seems like a good idea, but the recommendation is to keep sessions play‐based andwith enjoyment as the key feature to engage primary school students. Conducted sessions inthe pilot are worth replicating and so are the teacher training workshops. However, thechallenge that remains is to create a sustainable and scalable implementation of the describedmodel including primary school teachers’ professional development.

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Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited, 2017. Vol. 16, p. 375-383
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Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ISSN 2049-100X, E-ISSN 2049-0992 ; 16
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Play‐based learning, Programming education, Computational thinking, Play‐based learning, Teacher training, NOOC
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31955Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85037542099ISBN: 9781911218609 (print)ISBN: 9781911218593 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31955DiVA, id: diva2:1153550
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European Conference on e-Learning - ECEL 2017, Porto, Portugal, 26-27 October 2017
Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved

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