Integrating Computational Thinking Concept Into Digital Storytelling to Improve Learners’ Motivation and Performance

Nadia Parsazadeh, Pei Yu Cheng, Ting Ting Wu, Yueh Min Huang

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Abstract

This paper examines a method which can be used by instructors pursuing innovative methods for language teaching, which expands learners’ motivation in second language learning. Computational thinking (CT) is a problem-solving skill which can motivate students’ English language learning. Designing a learning activity which integrates CT into English language learning has been considered in only a few academic studies. This study aimed to explore whether integrating CT into English language learning can be useful for improving learners’ motivation and performance. The method of “present, practice, and produce” was applied as a method of presenting computational thinking in the English language learning classroom. Fifty-two elementary school students (52) participated in the experimental study. Following an experimental design, data were collected and analyzed from a combination of knowledge test scores, storytelling, motivation, and anxiety surveys. The experimental results indicate that the CT strategy improves students’ language learning and raises their motivation in the two dimensions of extrinsic and intrinsic goal orientation. These results imply the positive effect of CT strategy on strengthening problem-solving skills of students participating in digital storytelling and increases their motivation and performance in English language learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-495
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Educational Computing Research
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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