Enhancing computational thinking skills in informatics in secondary education: the case of South Korea

Myunghwa Lee, Jeongmin Lee

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the teaching–learning process of informatics education in South Korea, where an informatics education initiative was recently announced for K-12 education. Based on this initiative, this study aimed to investigate the effect of academic self-efficacy, teacher support, and a deep approach to learning computational thinking. The participants were 84 freshman students at a lower secondary school enrolled in a regular informatics class during Spring 2018. Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was employed to analyze the data. The key findings were as follows: first, academic self-efficacy and teacher support had a significant influence on a deep approach to learning. Second, academic self-efficacy and a deep approach to learning had a significant influence on computational thinking. This study suggests implications for enhancing computational thinking skills in informatics in secondary education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2869-2893
Number of pages25
JournalEducational Technology Research and Development
Volume69
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

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Keywords

  • 3P model
  • Academic self-efficacy
  • Computational thinking
  • Deep approach to learning
  • Informatics education
  • Teacher support

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