Game design workshop to develop computational thinking skills in teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Roberto Munoz, Thiago S. Barcelos, RODOLFO HUMBERTO VILLARROEL ACEVEDO, Ismar Frango Silveira

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Abstract

Computational Thinking (CT) has been described as the use of abstraction, automation and analysis skills for problem solving, thus becoming a set of fundamental skills for the 21st century. Many initiatives have emerged to promote early development of CT skills. However, to date, there are no studies in which CT is developed in minority groups, such as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In this paper we present the design and evaluation of a Game Design Workshop aimed at teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders. An analysis of the artifacts produced by the participants of a pilot offering of the workshop was performed using a rubric for CT skills acquisition. The results showed that the participants, all of them with high-functioning autism and no previous experience with programming, acquired intermediate level skills related to CT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI 2016
EditorsAlvaro Rocha, Luis Paulo Reis, Manuel Perez Cota, Ramiro Goncalves, Octavio Santana Suarez
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9789899843462
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Jul 2016
Event11th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI 2016 - Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 201618 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameIberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI
Volume2016-July
ISSN (Print)2166-0727
ISSN (Electronic)2166-0735

Conference

Conference11th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, CISTI 2016
CountrySpain
CityGran Canaria
Period15/06/1618/06/16

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • computational thinking
  • digital games
  • scratch

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