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Abstract Title: High School Student Perspectives on Computation in Different Classroom Contexts
Abstract: For many of today's educators and researchers, computation goes hand-in-hand with science education. Integrating computational practices with STEM classrooms gives learners a more realistic view of what science is, and better prepares students for pursuing careers in a world where computation is ubiquitous. This study examines one instance of such integration in the physics classroom of a suburban, racially diverse high school. The students whose perspectives we investigate have multiple formal computation experiences: both in their physics class and their computer science class. Using interviews, in-class video recordings, and field notes, we produce a case study on the dual experience that some high school students have with computation. Through this case study we provide an in-depth, organic perspective on the difference between learning computation inside and outside the physics classroom of this high school.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patti C. Hamerski
Michigan State University
567 Wilson Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daryl McPadden, Michigan State University; Marcos D. Caballero, Michigan State University; Paul W. Irving, Michigan State University