Gutachter für Dissertation, Karin Tengler: A robotics-based approach supporting computational thinking skills at primary school
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In an increasingly digital environment, interest in introducing computer literacy into the classroom has increased worldwide. Special emphasis is placed on promoting computational thinking to introduce young learners to problem-solving thinking and thus prepare them most effectively for everyday life and work. With the anchoring of computer science education (?Informatische Bildung?) as cross-curricular competence development in the next Austrian primary school curriculum, the research of suitable didactic approaches and the associated acceptance of the educators will become increasingly necessary. After all, transfer is one of the most significant challenges for implementing innovations and didactic approaches in the classroom. Educational robotics offers a possible approach to promote computational thinking because it provides access to real-life scenarios and age-appropriate opportunities to explore the students' living and working environments with programmable robots. However, since there is a lack of studies to provide teachers with feasible and easy-to-use concepts, this research project was initiated. The didactic design of the robotics-based learning environment presented in this thesis aims to facilitate the learning of programming in primary education and support the development of skills such as collaboration, creativity and problem-solving in a cross-curricular approach. An additional effect is provided by the storytelling activities used to promote students' reading and storytelling skills in the playful use of the programmable robots.