A case study illustrating coding for computational thinking development

Siu Cheung Kong, Ping Li

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Previous studies suggested that computational thinking is an important skill that schools should start equipping children with from primary school education. This study proposes way to develop a mobile app coding curriculum in primary 4 to 6 to nurture students' computational thinking. It will guide students to undergo learning stages from developing their own codes and combining with others' work to create their own apps and staging their apps to gain confidence and recognition of performance in coding. An example of mathematic game in the curriculum is selected as a case study to illustrate in this study how it incorporates the elements of computational thinking in the coding activities progressively. It is believed that the proposed way of curriculum development paves a learning path which may drive students' interest in coding and students could develop computational thinking skills progressively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCE 2016 - 24th International Conference on Computers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationThink Global Act Local - Main Conference Proceedings
EditorsSu Luan Wong, Alba Garcia Barrera, Hiroyuki Mitsuhara, Gautam Biswas, Jiyou Jia, Jie-Chi Yang, Michelle P. Banawan, Muhammet Demirbilek, Matthew Gaydos, Chui-Pin Lin, Jin Gon Shon, Sridhar Iyer, Agneta Gulz, Chris Holden, Greg Kessler, Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Pratim Sengupta, Peppi Taalas, Weiqin Chen, Sahana Murthy, Beaumie Kim, Xavier Ochoa, Daner Sun, Nelson Baloian, Tore Hoel, Ulrich Hoppe, Ting-Chia Hsu, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Hui-Chun Chu, Xiaoqing Gu, Weiqin Chen, Jun Song Huang, Ming-Fong Jan, Lung-Hsiang Wong, Chengjiu Yin
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789868473577
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2016 - Mumbai, India
Duration: 28 Nov 20162 Dec 2016

Publication series

NameICCE 2016 - 24th International Conference on Computers in Education: Think Global Act Local - Main Conference Proceedings


Conference24th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2016


  • Coding curriculum
  • Coding education
  • Computational thinking
  • Mobile app coding
  • Primary school education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture

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