Evaluating algorithmic thinking ability of primary schoolchildren who learn computer programming

Hidekuni Tsukamoto, Yasumasa Oomori, Hideo Nagumo, Yasuhiro Takemura, Akito Monden, Ken ichi Matsumoto

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Abstract

In this research, a tool for evaluating algorithmic thinking ability of the primary schoolchildren was developed. This tool is based on the three categories of operations used to construct algorithms, namely, sequential operations, conditional branching operations, and iterative operations. Each question in the tool checks to see if the examinee understands the concept of one of the three categories. The tool was developed to evaluate the educational effect of programming education for middle to upper grade (third to sixth grade) primary schoolchildren. Since both Visual Programming Language (VPL) and Textual Programming Language (TPL) could be used, it was required that the tool could be used by both the group of children who use VPLs and the group of children who use TPLs. To make it possible, no programming language appeared in the questions in the tool. The teaching materials for the programming education were also developed in such a way that the three basic concepts of algorithm, namely, sequential processing, conditional branching, and repetitive processing, were clearly taught. The target VPL in this research was Scratch. The evaluation tool was conducted in a weekend class of programming education for primary schoolchildren, and the algorithmic thinking ability of the schoolchildren was analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Volume2017-October
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059195
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 12 2017
Event47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017 - Indianapolis, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

Other

Other47th IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityIndianapolis
Period10/18/1710/21/17

Keywords

  • Algorithmic thinking
  • Evaluation tool
  • Primary education
  • Programming education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Tsukamoto, H., Oomori, Y., Nagumo, H., Takemura, Y., Monden, A., & Matsumoto, K. I. (2017). Evaluating algorithmic thinking ability of primary schoolchildren who learn computer programming. In FIE 2017 - Frontiers in Education, Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2017-October, pp. 1-8). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2017.8190609