The Acquisition of Computational Thinking through Mentoring: An Exploratory Study
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dc.contributor.author Cervera, Núria
dc.contributor.author Diago Nebot, Pascual David
dc.contributor.author Orcos Palma, Lara
dc.contributor.author Yáñez Avendaño, Dionisio Félix
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-16T10:29:58Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-16T10:29:58Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10550/76710
dc.description.abstract Educational robotics are commonly present in kindergarten and primary school classrooms, particularly Bee-bot. Its ease of use allows the introduction of computer programming to young children in educational contexts from a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) perspective. Despite this rise, there are still few investigations that collect evidence on the effectiveness of robotic interventions. Although mentoring experiences with robotics had been carried out in educational contexts, this work explores their effect on the acquisition of computational thinking skills through mentoring. Participants from the second grade, aged seven through eight years, were exposed to two sessions of robotics with Bee-bot in order to promote hands-on experimentation. The sessions were conducted by nine students of the fourth grade (the mentors), aged 10 to 11 years. A descriptive case-study methodology was employed for the analysis of the mentoring intervention. The effect of the mentoring experience was assessed in terms of motivation and computational thinking skills. Mixed quantitative and qualitative results show two important findings: (i) Mentoring is a powerful tool to be considered for improvement of the motivation and cooperation of students in their teaching-learning process, and (ii) computational thinking skills can be acquired by second-grade students through a mentoring process.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Education Sciences, 2020, vol. 10, num. 8
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.source Cervera, Núria Diago Nebot, Pascual David Orcos Palma, Lara Yáñez Avendaño, Dionisio Félix 2020 The Acquisition of Computational Thinking through Mentoring: An Exploratory Study Education Sciences 10 8
dc.subject Educació
dc.title The Acquisition of Computational Thinking through Mentoring: An Exploratory Study
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2020-12-16T10:29:59Z
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10080202
dc.identifier.idgrec 142118

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