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  1. Sep 2022 Journal Article ACM Inroads

    Selecting examples for CS courses: the case of a computational thinking MOOC

    Noa Ragonis, Ayelet Bukai, Orit Hazzan
    Learning Environments
    Computer Science
    Abstract

    How should computer science educators choose examples for the courses they teach? This question was a fundamental question for us when we were developing a MOOC on computational thinking that targets a variety of populations. One of the biggest challenges we faced was choosing appropriate examples, since (a) the chosen examples had to foster learners’ acquisition of

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  2. 30 Aug 2022 Journal Article Research in Science Education

    Tracing Preservice Teachers’ Understanding of Nature of Science Through Their Drawings and Writing

    Miri Barak, Tal Yachin, Sibel Erduran
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Abstract

    The goal of this study was to examine the way preservice science teachers depict and develop their understanding of nature of science (NOS), from the perspective of the family resemblance approach (FRA). FRA defines NOS as a Cognitive-Epistemic and Social-Institutional system. Appling the dual-analytic approach via reflective drawing analysis, we studied participants’

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  3. 18 Aug 2022 Journal Article Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

    Design practices and principles for promoting dialogic argumentation via interdisciplinarity

    Boris Koichu, Baruch B Schwarz, Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Michal Tabach, Anat Yarden
    Curriculum and Teaching Methods
    Abstract

    Past research has shown various benefits of combining the argumentative and the dialogic in cognitive development. However, it has also shown that attempts to implement dialogic argumentation in school fail to leave a sustainable impact. One reason for this situation is related to the lack of explicit knowledge about how to design and organize dialogical activities in

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  4. 11 Aug 2022 Journal Article Child Neuropsychology

    Higher access to screens is related to decreased functional connectivity between neural networks associated with basic attention skills and cognitive control in children

    Raya Meri, John S Hutton, Rola Farah, DiFrancesco Mark, Leonid Gozman, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus
    Educational Neurosciences
    Abstract

    Screen-based media has become a prevailing part of children’s lives. Different technologies provide limitless access to a wide range of content. This accessibility has immensely increased screen exposure among children, showing that this exposure is associated with decreased cognitive abilities. This study was designed to evaluate how the neurobiological correlates for

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  5. Aug 2022 Journal Article Communications of the ACM

    Computational thinking in the era of data science

    Computer Science
    Abstract

    Incorporating data thinking into computer science education.

  6. 1 Aug 2022 Journal Article Public Understanding of Science

    “We think this way as a society!”: Community-level science literacy among ultra-Orthodox Jews

    Informal environments and Science communication
    Sociocultural, affect and diversity
    Abstract

    Despite growing interest in community-level science literacy, most studies focus on communities of interest who come together through particular science, environmental or health-related goals. We examine a pre-existing community—ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel—with a particular history and politics vis-à-vis science, technology, and medicine. First, we show how Haredi

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  7. Aug 2022 Journal Article Proceedings of the Academic Track, State of the Map 2022

    Landmarks for accessible space–promoting geo-literacy through geospatial citizen science

    Informal environments and Science communication
    Abstract

    The 21st Century dictates that people have a good spatial and geographic understanding and knowledge. Geographic literacy, or geo-literacy, is aimed to provide skills to read, interpret and use geospatial information [1]. This is achieved by acquiring critical spatial thinking, reasoning, and analysis, and presenting understanding of the world using geographical terms

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  8. 26 Jul 2022 Conference Paper AIED 2022: Artificial Intelligence in Education

    A Teacher without a Soul? Social-AI, Theory of Mind, and Consciousness of a Robot Tutor

    Learning Environments
    Educational Technologies
    Abstract

    Is consciousness required for social robots to serve as a tutor? This study explored the effects of a tutor robot’s social-AI on participants’ perception of social robots’ Theory of Mind abilities, perception of social robots’ consciousness, and acceptance of social robots in education. We were also interested in the relationships between these variables. One hundred

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  9. 26 Jul 2022 Journal Article Educational Technology Research and Development

    Explicit instruction in the context of whole-tasks: the effectiveness of the task-centered instructional strategy in computer science education

    Rinat B Rosenberg-Kima, M David Merrill, Amy L Baylor, Tristan E Johnson
    Educational Neurosciences
    Computer Science
    Abstract

    Novice programmers, who have yet to form effective mental models of the domain, often experience high cognitive load, low confidence, and high anxiety, negatively affecting learning and retention rates. These cognitive and affective limitations pose an instructional challenge. This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a whole-task instructional approach

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  10. 23 Jul 2022 Journal Article Journal of Science Education and Technology

    Knowledge and Skills of University Students in Chemistry-Related Departments as Expressed in a Specially Designed Escape-Room

    Curriculum and Teaching Methods
    Learning Environments
    Chemistry
    Higher Education
    Abstract

    Learning through games in general and educational escape-rooms in particular requires participants to be creative and critical thinkers, work in collaboration with others, formulate an array of thinking strategies, and be familiar with media and technology. A specially designed chemistry-themed escape-room was built as an alternative learning and assessment environment

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