Computational Thinking (Algorithms) Through Unplugged Programming Activities: Exploring Upper Primary Students’ Learning Experiences

Bih Loong, Lim and Chwen Jen, Chen (2021) Computational Thinking (Algorithms) Through Unplugged Programming Activities: Exploring Upper Primary Students’ Learning Experiences. . International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 11 (14). pp. 384-403. ISSN 2222-6990

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In the recent year, Computational Thinking (CT) has gained much attention in educational research and practice. CT skills can be taught via computing activities that involve different types of programming tasks or via Unplugged Programming Activities (UPA) that do not involve the use of digital devices to represent and deliver programming concepts. UPA is an appropriate teaching approach for schools that do not have sufficient technological infrastructure. Studies have shown the effectiveness of UPA in developing CT skills and is comparable to the technology driven learning method. The aim of this study is to explore the experience of primary school students on their learning of algorithms, which is one of the CT skills, through the UPA method. A total of 31 students from a rural primary school were exposed to the learning about the algorithm concept (an aspect of CT skills) via UPA learning materials. From the responses gathered through interviewing nine of these participants, four main themes (Good Learning Quality, Much Knowledge, Easy and Useful) related to their learning experiences have been derived. These positive themes provide evidence on the appropriateness of employing UPA for teaching the algorithm aspect of CT, particularly for schools located in areas with limited access to adequate technological infrastructure. This study may serve as a reference in establishing a comprehensive UPA module for teaching algorithms aspect of CT skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computational Thinking, Unplugged Programming Activities, Algorithms, UNIMAS, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Jen
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 03:50
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 03:50

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