Assessing elementary students’ computational thinking in everyday reasoning and robotics programming

Guanhua Chen, Ji Shen, Lauren Barth-Cohen, Shiyan Jiang, Xiaoting Huang, Moataz Mohamed Eltoukhy

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Based on a framework of computational thinking (CT) adapted from Computer Science Teacher Association's standards, an instrument was developed to assess fifth grade students' CT. The items were contextualized in two types of CT application (coding in robotics and reasoning of everyday events). The instrument was administered as a pre and post measure in an elementary school where a new humanoid robotics curriculum was adopted by their fifth grade. Results show that the instrument has good psychometric properties and has the potential to reveal student learning challenges and growth in terms of CT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-175
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Education
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017



  • Computational thinking
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Programming and programming languages
  • Robotics education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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