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2019-06-26  |  Know-how²: International cooperation tests computational skills of children
Kind beim Durchführen des CT-Tests

Computational Thinking as conceptual foundation of problem solving in different context domains has been coined a crucial 21st century competence. Scientists of the junior research group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien have been investigating for years how these skills can be promoted in children and are cooperating with other international research teams. From April 22 to June 9, scientific member Katerina Tsarava visited the Distance University (UNED) in Madrid where she collaborated with Prof. Dr. Marcos Román-González. Román Gonzáles is the developer behind the Computational Thinking Tests, the only proven test to determine computer-relevant abilities in children (the picture shows are child being assessed for its coding skills) . During the lab visit, the two researchers examined how well-developed computational thinking is in children between the age of 4 and 5. They used the CT test in a jointly designed study on 40 children of this age group. “We are currently analysing the data and plan to jointly publish the results,” says Katerina Tsarava after her stay. The junior researcher regards the cooperation as very positive: “Prof. Dr. Marcos Román-Gonzáles and his team are well known in the community of computational thinking. Working together and working so intensely on the design and execution of CT-tests, is very valuable for my own work.”

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