Teaching Computational Thinking in Primary Education

Teaching Computational Thinking in Primary Education

Huseyin Ozcinar (Pamukkale University, Turkey), Gary Wong (University of Hong Kong, China) and H. Tugba Ozturk (Ankara University, Turkey)
Projected Release Date: October, 2017|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 356
ISBN13: 9781522532002|ISBN10: 1522532005|EISBN13: 9781522532019|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3200-2


Computational technologies have been impacting human life for years. Teaching methods must adapt accordingly to provide the next generation with the necessary knowledge to further advance these human-assistive technologies.

Teaching Computational Thinking in Primary Education is a crucial resource that examines the impact that instructing with a computational focus can have on future learners. Highlighting relevant topics that include multifaceted skillsets, coding, programming methods, and digital games, this scholarly publication is ideal for educators, academicians, students, and researchers who are interested in discovering how the future of education is being shaped.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Coding
  • Digital Games
  • Graphical Interfaces
  • Multifaceted Skillsets
  • Programming Methods
  • Programming Robots
  • Robotics
  • Spatial Thinking

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Hüseyin Özçinar has been working as an Assistant Professor since 2009 at the University of Pamukkale. He received a BSc. in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He did his Masters at the University of Pamukkale, Department of Computer Engineering. Then, he moved on to Ankara University, Department of Educational Technologies, where he completed a PhD. His research interests focus on CMC and methods in CMC, higher order thinking skills and educational data mining. Hüseyin Özçinar has published articles and has been involved in projects concerning the role of CMC in gaining higher order thinking skills.
Gary Wong is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at HKU. He is currently interested in computational thinking for children, computer-mediated reality for education and integrated learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. He has already published more than 45 book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings in these areas. Dr. Wong earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics (Double Major) from Brigham Young University Hawaii, Master of Philosophy in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and PhD in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong. He also received a Master of Education in Learning Design and Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and Master of Law in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law from University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Chair of IEEE Hong Kong Section (Education Chapter) since 2014.
Hayriye Tugba Öztürk is a Lecturer at Ankara University in Turkey. She received her Ph. D. degree in Educational Research from the University of Lancaster, UK. She has been working on the field of Educational Technology throughout her academic career. More specifically, she is interested in methodologies in Educational Technology and networked learning. She has been involved in various projects and has published on topics including virtual communities, conflict in online learning groups and knowledge capital.