Holistic STEAM Education through Computational Thinking: A Perspective on Training Future Teachers

A. Pears*, E. Barendsen, V. Dagien, V. Dolgopolovas, E. Jasute

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Abstract

Computational thinking (CT) skills are argued to be vital to preparing future generations of learners to be productive citizens in our increasingly technologically sophisticated societies. However, teacher education lags behind policy in many countries, and there is a palpable need for enhanced support for teacher education in CT. This paper addresses this gap, establishing an intellectual framework with which to explore the manner in which CT can be inculcated in compulsory school students. Drawing on a deeper awareness of the broader societal and cultural context of the activities we introduce a new approach to designing teacher education. The novelty of our approach is that training computation thinking is framed as an integrative element rather than as a separate study subject. This approach provides better articulation between Engineering and Science oriented subjects and Arts, providing supporting methods to develop the professional skills of student-teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformatics in Schools. New Ideas in School Informatics
Subtitle of host publication12th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution, and Perspectives, ISSEP 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus, November 18–20, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsSergei N. Pozdniakov, Valentina Dagienė
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Chapter4
Pages41-52
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030337599
ISBN (Print)9783030337582
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019
Event12th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution, and Perspectives - The Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus
Duration: 18 Nov 201920 Nov 2019
Conference number: 12
http://cyprusconferences.org/issep2019/

Publication series

SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series
Volume11913
ISSN0302-9743

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Informatics in Schools
Abbreviated titleISSEP 2019
CountryCyprus
CityLarnaca
Period18/11/1920/11/19
Internet address

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    Pears, A., Barendsen, E., Dagien, V., Dolgopolovas, V., & Jasute, E. (2019). Holistic STEAM Education through Computational Thinking: A Perspective on Training Future Teachers. In S. N. Pozdniakov, & V. Dagienė (Eds.), Informatics in Schools. New Ideas in School Informatics: 12th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution, and Perspectives, ISSEP 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus, November 18–20, 2019, Proceedings (pp. 41-52). Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series, Vol.. 11913 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33759-9_4