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Computational Thinking and User Interfaces: A Systematic Review

Rijo-Garcia, Sara; Segredo, Eduardo; Leon, Coromoto


Sara Rijo-Garcia

Eduardo Segredo

Coromoto Leon


Contribution: This document presents a systematic bibliographic review that demonstrates the need to conduct research on how the user experience impacts the development of computational thinking. Background: In the field of computer science, computational thinking is defined as a method that enhances problem-solving skills, system design, and human behavior understanding. Over the last few decades, several tools have been proposed for the development of computational thinking skills; however, there is no area of study that evaluates the implications or the impact that these types of platforms have on users belonging to any knowledge area. Research Question: Do user interfaces influence the development of computational thinking skills? Methodology: To address this issue, a systematic review of the literature was conducted using the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) methodology for analyzing and evaluating scientific publications. Findings: The results show that despite the dearth of literature on the subject, the specific design of a user interface has a significant impact on the development of computational thinking. Bearing the above in mind, it is necessary to conduct research that delves more deeply into the effects caused by the technologies that are used to develop computational thinking, this being a line of research that is worthy of consideration.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 25, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Aug 16, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2022
Journal IEEE Transactions on Education
Print ISSN 0018-9359
Electronic ISSN 1557-9638
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 4
Pages 647-656
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