Date of Award
Honors College Thesis
Computer Science BS
Sarah B. Lee,Ph.D.
Sabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.
The purpose of this research is to demonstrate the effectiveness of a transdisciplinary approach in teaching computational thinking through dance to elementary-aged learners, with primary attention to females. With limited literature available on how pre-adolescents begin to construct conceptions of computer science and other engineering domains, including potential career pathways, the incentive of this project was to leverage a day camp for about 20 rising 3rd - 5th-grade learners to assess their identity development in computer science. Modules that teach computational thinking through dance paired with Unruly splats (block-based programmable electronic gadgets) were implemented. By conducting pre-and post-surveys and a 'draw a computer scientist' exercise at the beginning and at the end of the dance modules held on day 2 of the camp, the researcher was able to evaluate and determine the effect of the transdisciplinary approach on the elementary learners' perceptions and self-efficacy.
Keywords: self-efficacy, computer science, women, dance, algorithm, coding, computational thinking
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Shrestha, Niva, "Self-Efficacy Development in Elementary-aged Learners through Dance as an Algorithmic Thinking Tool" (2022). Honors Theses. 848.