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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN 1648-5831

© Vilnius University Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies

2019, Vol. 18, No. 1
pp. 69-104

DOI: 10.15388/infedu.2019.04

Lesson Planning by Computational Thinking Skills
in Italian Pre-service Teachers

Lorella GABRIELE, Francesca BERTACCHINI, Assunta TAVERNISE,
Leticia VACA-CÁRDENAS, Pietro PANTANO, Eleonora BILOTTA

University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17B, Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza, Italy

Abstract

In the last years, a growing trend in different educational contexts focused on Computational Thinking (CT) skills acquisition for both in-service teachers and students. But very low attention has been paid to pre-service teachers' education in regards to CT skills. To solve this issue, an empirical experimentation has been carried out with141 Italian pre-service teachers, that attended at a programming course, with the following aims: 1) provide them the main coding concepts by using Scratch 2.0; 2) offer practical advice on how to design educational applications (apps) to be applied into school context; 3) assess their apps by applying an already existing methodology, useful to give them feedback on their programming expertise and CT skills. Empirical findings showed that most of the participants achieved a medium-high level of CT skills, combining both design and programming skills in their school internship. Moreover, they reported a sense of greater self-esteem in teaching practice and a great emotional response from kids.

Keywords:

computer uses in education, preservice teacher education, outcomes of education, coding, digital literacy.




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