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Abstract Title: Preliminary Analysis of Student-Identified Themes around Computation in High School Physics
Abstract: In response to the growing emphasis on computational thinking in recent multi-state education standards, as well as the ever-changing applicability of computation in both educational and professional realms, we have begun the development of a survey which evaluates the attitudes of students exposed to computational learning activities in their high school physics classrooms. After piloting several questions in classrooms with computation integrated into their physics curriculum, we conducted a thematic analysis on student responses. The analysis resulted in several expected themes (identified previously from teacher interviews) and emergent themes (arising from open-ended responses to the survey). This research lays the groundwork for the formation of a robust and validated survey that assesses students' opinions, expectations, and attitudes towards learning computation in their science classes. The findings of this pilot study will inform the creation of a large-scale, multifaceted survey that is adaptable to teachers' intended learning outcomes around computation.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A5
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Theodore Bott
Michigan State University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
27080 Thomas Ave.
Warren, MI 48092
Phone: 5862162248
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dan Weller - Michigan State University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Paul Irving - Michigan State University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Marcos Caballero - Michigan State University, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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