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Abstract Title: Nevertheless, she persisted: the importance of student persistence in computation integrated physics classrooms.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: As computation grows as a tool for scientists and engineers, there has been an increased interest in how to support STEM majors most effectively in the development of computational practices. It is important to support the development of computational practices for undergraduate students within majors like physics and mathematics as they have unique opportunities to operationalize computation in multiple contexts. We analyze the significance of the computational disposition "persistence" for an individual and how that impacts the group members around her. We present a representative case study of an individual who engages her group members through consistent persistence. We show how persistence offers a potential relationship to other computational thinking practices. Furthermore, we highlight opportunities for educators to encourage persistence in individuals that in turn serves their understanding and their group's. Through this analysis, we consider how creating collaborative environments in computation-integrated environments proves productive for students' tackling computational activities.
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: II-37

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Megan Schwartz
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daryl McPadden
Marcos D. Caballero
Paul W. Irving