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Transformative Computational Thinking in Mathematics


Fluck, AE and Chin, CKH and Ranmuthugala, D, Transformative Computational Thinking in Mathematics, Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age IFIP TC 3 Open Conference on Computers in Education, OCCE 2018 Linz, Austria, June 24-28, 2018: Revised Selected Papers, Springer, D Passey, R Bottino, C Lewin, E Sanchez (ed), Switzerland, pp. 34-43. ISBN 978-3-030-23513-0 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-23513-0_4


The Calculus for Kids project showed how Year 6 (aged 12 years) students could master integral calculus through the use of multi-media learning materials and specialist mathematics software. When solving real-world problems using integral calculus principles and the software to perform their calculations, they demonstrated ability commensurate with university engineering students. This transformative use of computational thinking showed age-extension, because the students were enabled to redefine the curriculum by accessing content normally taught to much older children. To verify this was not an accidental finding, further work was undertaken with a relatively smaller cohort of (n = 44) Year 9 (aged 15 years) students. The results were similar to the earlier findings with an effect size of 24 (Cohenís d) recorded. The article explores the implications of these new findings, and the potential application to other subject areas and student age groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:computational thinking, transformative uses, integral calculus, students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, D (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
ID Code:134128
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130101088)
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-07-30
Last Modified:2019-08-02

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