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The effects of mental rotation on computational thinking

  • Autori: Città G, Gentile M., Allegra M, Arrigo M, Conti D., Ottaviano S, Reale F., Sciortino M
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2019
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
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Although several investigations of spatial reasoning and mental rotation skills have been conducted in research areas linked to STEM education, to the best of our knowledge, few of these studies have examined the relationship between spatial reasoning and computational thinking. Given this gap in the literature, the present study investigates the role and action of spatial reasoning, and specifically the effects of mental rotation on computational thinking within an embodied and enacted perspective. To achieve this, we carried out a study involving 92 students in five primary-school classes (1st grade - 5th grade). The findings reveal a positive correlation between computational thinking skill and mental rotation ability