Computational thinking and creativity: A test for interdependency

Rotem Israel-Fishelson, Arnon Hershkovitz, Andoni Eguíluz, Pablo Garaizar, Mariluz Guenaga

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Abstract

Computational Thinking (CT) and creativity are considered fundamental skills for future citizens. We studied the associations between these two constructs among middle school students (N=174), considering two types of creativity: Creative Thinking and Computational Creativity. We did so using log files from a game-based learning platform (Kodetu) and a standardized creativity test. We found that the more creative the students were (as measured by a traditional creativity test), the more effectively they acquired CT. We also found significant positive correlations between Computational Creativity and the acquisition of CT in some levels of the game, and a positive correlation between Creative Thinking and Computational Creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of International Conference on Computational Thinking Education
StatePublished - 2020
Event4th International Conference on Computational Thinking Education, CTE 2020 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 19 Aug 202021 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Game-based learning
  • Learning analytics
  • Log analysis

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