Tools and approaches for integrating computational thinking and mathematics: A scoping review of current empirical studies

Shiau-Wei CHAN, Chee Kit LOOI, Weng Kin HO, Mi Song KIM

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Abstract

The importance of computational thinking (CT) as a 21st-century skill for future generations has been a key consideration in the reforms of many national and regional educational systems. Much attention has been paid to integrating CT into the traditional subject classrooms. This paper describes a scoping review of learning tools for integrating CT and mathematics in current empirical studies published from 2015 to 2021. The review showed that most of the studies implemented CT-intensive Math-connected integration. Five major types of CT tools had been identified, i.e., digital tangibles, apps and games, programming languages, formative or summative assessments, and other technological tools. In many instances, the tools also provide functions of assessment of CT skills. The most assessed CT competencies were including algorithms and algorithmic thinking, abstraction, testing and debugging, loops, and sequences. Geometry and Measurement was the most assessed mathematics topic. Our scoping review is beneficial in the investigation of the literature on CT and mathematics education, as well as guides those who are interested in developing curriculum, programs, or assessments that involve the integration of CT and mathematics. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2036-2080
JournalJournal of Educational Computing Research
Volume60
Issue number8
Early online dateMay 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Citation

Chan, S.-W., Looi, C.-K., Ho, W. K., & Kim, M. S. (2023). Tools and approaches for integrating computational thinking and mathematics: A scoping review of current empirical studies. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 60(8), 2036-2080. doi: 10.1177/07356331221098793

Keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Tools
  • Approaches
  • Scoping review
  • Empirical studies
  • Assessment

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