Investigating the pedagogical content knowledge of teachers attending a MOOC on scratch programming

Ebrahim Rahimi*, Ineke Henze, Felienne Hermans, Erik Barendsen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to investigate changes in PCK (Pedagogical Content Knowledge) of Dutch primary and secondary computer science teachers participating in a MOOC about Scratch programming. We captured the teachers’ PCK using identical pre- and post-questionnaires and conducted a qualitative deductive-inductive content analysis to identify changes in the PCK of the MOOC attendees. We relate the observed differences between PCK before and after the MOOC to Clarke and Hollingsworth’s model of teacher professional growth and Van Driel and Henze’s model of PCK development. Our analysis gives rise to four design principles meant to inform the pedagogical design of such MOOCs and improve their pedagogical affordances with regard to PCK development of their attendees.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformatics in Schools. Fundamentals of Computer Science and Software Engineering - 11th International Conference on Informatics in Schools
Subtitle of host publicationSituation, Evolution, and Perspectives, ISSEP 2018, Proceedings
EditorsSergei N. Pozdniakov, Valentina Dagiene
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages180-193
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783030027490
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2018 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 10 Oct 201812 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11169 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution and Perspectives, ISSEP 2018
CountryRussian Federation
CitySt. Petersburg
Period10/10/1812/10/18

Keywords

  • Computer science education
  • MOOC
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Scratch programming
  • Secondary education

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