Daniel Hickmott

Daniel Hickmott
The University of Newcastle, Australia · School of Education

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Introduction
I am a PhD Candidate from the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. My main research interest is Teacher Professional Development for Coding and Computational Thinking. My PhD project explores how K-6 teachers learn and teach Coding and Computational Thinking, and how these skills can be integrated across all of the K-12 subject areas. My other research interests include: the design, development and evaluation of Serious Games, and the analysis of learners' pathways with Serious Game Analytics. I am currently collecting and analysing data for my PhD project, and am planning to complete the PhD by mid-2019.

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The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies provides an opportunity for teachers to integrate coding and computational thinking within their STEM teaching practices. However, this opportunity has proven to be a challenge for many teachers, as their self-efficacy with respect to teaching these new skills is often low. This research explores the...
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Coding and computational thinking have recently become compulsory skills in many school systems globally. Teaching these new skills presents a challenge for many teachers. A notable example of professional development designed using Constructionist principles to address this challenge is ScratchEd. Upon reflecting on her experiences designing and r...
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Since the 1960s, a few, yet very influential, educational researchers have investigated how computer programming can be used to foster mathematics learning. However, since the term ‘computational thinking’ was popularised by Jeannette Wing in 2006, the number of studies in this area has grown substantially. In this article, we present a systematic...
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This document briefly explains the context, motivations, background and research design of a PhD project titled "Developing Teachers as Computational Participants". This PhD project will explore how Australian Primary School teachers learn and teach the core CS skills (computational thinking, computer programming and systems thinking), their experi...
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The collection and analysis of analytics incorporated into serious games provides researchers with objective data on player behavior related to serious game design elements and learning. Such analytics offer insights about play-learners engagement that is not possible to capture through traditional techniques. Visualization of learning behavior dat...
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There is increasing interest in the application of serious games for learning. Growth in the take-up of digital devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, and their use for gaming provides new opportunities for mobile learning (m-learning). A serious game m-learning app for improving adult learners' apostrophe usage, called Apostrophe Power, has been d...
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Soft skills such as effective communication are becoming increasingly important for engineering graduates. Employers prize excellent written and oral abilities and literacy proficiency. High levels of academic literacy can significantly improve students' success in their university study. Traditional approaches to literacy improvement can limit stu...

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