Can Creative Computing foster Growth Mindset?

Michael Lodi 1
1 FOCUS - Foundations of Component-based Ubiquitous Systems
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , DISI - Dipartimento di Informatica - Scienza e Ingegneria [Bologna]
Abstract : Teacher training in computational thinking (CT) is becoming more and more important, as many countries are introducing CT at all K-12 school levels. Introductory programming courses are known to be difficult, and some studies suggest they foster an entity theory of intelligence (fixed mindset), reinforcing the idea that only some people have so-called "geek gene". This is particularly dangerous if thought by future primary school teachers. We analyzed the effects of an introductory course about computational thinking and creative computing with Scratch, and observed a statistically significant increase of pre-service teachers' growth mindset while observing a statistically significant decrease in their computer anxiety. The structure of the course is detailed, with particular emphasis on some characteristics that may have determined growth mindset increase. Limitations of this exploratory study are discussed, and future work is depicted.
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Michael Lodi. Can Creative Computing foster Growth Mindset?. Joint Proceedings of the 1st Co-Creation in the Design, Development and Implementation of Technology-Enhanced Learning workshop (CC-TEL 2018) and Systems of Assessments for Computational Thinking Learning workshop (TACKLE 2018) co-located with 13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (ECTEL 2018), Sep 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-01913053⟩

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