Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

STEM Education Seminar: Dr. Lockwood

Event Series 


Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Professional Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Undergraduates

Event Time 

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location of Event: 

Computational Thinking and Activity in STEM Education

Event Description 

Dr. Elise Lockwood, Associate Professor, Oregon State University 

Computational Thinking and Activity in STEM Education: What Happens When Math Students Engage with Python Code:

Computational thinking and activity are becoming an increasingly important aspect of what it means to conduct scientific and mathematical work. In light of this, there is a need for STEM education studies that examine the ways in which students engage with computational tools as they reason about scientific and mathematical concepts. In this talk, I review relevant literature on computational thinking in STEM and make a case for an increasing focus on computing in STEM education research. As an example of computational thinking and activity, I present results from a study in which undergraduate novice programmers engaged with tasks designed to use basic Python programming to teach particular combinatorial ideas. I highlight noteworthy aspects of students’ experiences with using computation in a mathematical context. I conclude by framing this work within ongoing efforts to better understand the nature of computational thinking and activity for undergraduate STEM students.


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