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Computer Science in Middle Schools, Prof. Moti Ben-Ari - 09.12.15

posted Dec 4, 2015, 11:35 AM by keren aridor   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 11:36 AM ]
Computer Science in Middle Schools
Prof. Moti Ben-Ari

Wed, 09.12.15

15:45 – 17:30

Room 362, Education building


Students attitudes towards science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) are fixed at an early age. Therefore, it is important to expose them to STEM subjects in general, and computer science in particular, in middle schools. The talk will describe our research in three contexts: (1) kinesthetic learning with Computer Science Unplugged; (2) the Scratch visual programming environment; (3) robotics.  The research focuses on two questions: (1) Do such activities actually change attitudes and motivation? (2) Does learning actually take place?  Two theoretical frameworks that have proved fruitful will be described: Guy Brousseau’s theory of didactical situations, with emphasis on the didactical contract and the Jourdain effect, and Icek Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior.

Prof. Moti Ben-Ari

Moti Ben-Ari is a professor in the Department of Science Teaching of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He has a PhD degree in mathematics and computer science from Tel Aviv University. His research interests include the use of visualization in teaching computer science, tools and techniques for learning concurrent and distributed computation, and teaching computer science to middle-school students. Ben-Ari is the author of a dozen textbooks on concurrent computation, programming languages, mathematical logic, and the nature of science. In 2004, he received the ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education and in 2009 he was elected as a Distinguished Educator of the ACM.