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Effects of distributed learning patterns on elementary student learning of computational thinking

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dc.contributor.author Casanova de Vilalta, Lydia
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-26T10:21:34Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-26T10:21:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/46266
dc.description Treball fi de màster de: Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media
dc.description Directors: Patricia Santos, Marc Beardsley
dc.description.abstract Applied cognitive psychology has been a center topic for a number of research works in last decades. In particular, there are studies conducted on memory, cognition and on the science of learning. The latter are meant to find new methods in order to improve the process of learning. The use of the Retrieval Practice (RP) and Distributed Learning (DL) has been proved to be improving the efficiency of learning when compared to Massive Learning (ML) practices (which is the most used method in formal education). Even though there are studies which proved the advantages of using DL, different patterns can be found and it is not clear which one is the best to apply to get the best students’ results. This study was conducted in the last 3 courses of primary education and the learning topic was Computational Thinking (CT). CT is one of the 21st century skills that gained more attention and it is progressively being incorporated in formal learning since the early stages of education. CT refers to understanding how to develop stepby-step solutions of problems, helping students to use and improve logical thinking, pattern recognition and decomposition skills. New generations are likely to live in a technologically integrated society, hence, CT might become an essential skill that will enable them to understand and manipulate the technology that surrounds them. Thus, the main goal of this project is to find out how the learning process is affected by different patterns of distributed practice and discover which is the distribution that leads to a better performance in the latter, as well as being suitable to apply in formal learning contexts. In order to do that, two different patterns of DL and a ML group (as a control group) will be compared with the aim to find which one of the two reaches the best performance using RP as a constant in all groups. As a result, I expect that DL groups will perform better than the ML groups, and I forsee to find out whether there is a significant difference in performance between the two DL patterns tested.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
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dc.title Effects of distributed learning patterns on elementary student learning of computational thinking
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.subject.keyword Distributed Learning
dc.subject.keyword Computational Thinking
dc.subject.keyword Massive Learning
dc.subject.keyword Retrieval Practice
dc.subject.keyword Formal Education
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