Sara Hinterplattner

Sara Hinterplattner
Johannes Kepler University Linz | JKU · STEM Education

PhD

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Children grow up with different mobile devices, at home as well as in elementary school. Interactive picture book applications (IPBA) are one way of combining this digital world with the undisputedly important educational tool of reading aloud. Nevertheless, the application landscape for elementary education is confusing for educators, because of t...
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Companies regularly report difficulties in recruiting ICT specialists. The shortage of skilled women in this domain is especially prominent. Research shows that early exposure to STEM may spark children's interest and influence their future choice of careers. Children's understanding and conceptualization of their physical environment strongly infl...
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This exploratory study investigated the perceived waiting time of gifted high-achieving honors students at their university and compares this to the perceived waiting time these students experienced in secondary schools. The study aimed to find reasons for, experiences with, and coping strategies for waiting time in classes at these two types of in...
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Talent development programs are common in Austrian primary and secondary schools. However, when students start to study at university level this trend stops. The need to support gifted students at universities is rarely recognized and hardly ever met in Austria although research shows its importance. Therefore, a concept for supporting students tha...
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Interdisciplinary projects have the potential to strengthen creative computational thinking of students and to support the development of their talents. When interdisciplinary projects and real-world problems are combined students are required to use their creativity, academical knowledge and exert interdisciplinary thinking. To develop students’ t...
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Wir leben in einer Zeit, in der sich die vierte industrielle Revolution mit einer der größten Herausforderungen der modernen Ge-sellschaft überschneidet: der SARS-COVID-19-Pandemie. Auf-grund des eingeführten "Distance Learning" wurde der Tagesab-lauf der Schülerinnen und Schüler auf den Kopf gestellt. Die meiste Zeit mussten sie ihre schulischen A...
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This paper assesses the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on learning conditions with focus on the Austrian educational system. It presents an overview of the strategies pursued by the government and other relevant stakeholders and evaluates the effects of the restrictive measures on entrenched educational practices. By gathering data on different ta...
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The Children’s Congress is an event, developed to meet a demand for strengthening computational thinking and to increase the interest in STEAM subjects. This congress brings teachers, university students and pupils together to work interdisciplinary on real-life problems. During these proceedings, the pupils slip into the role of researchers and sc...
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Wir sind es gewohnt zu warten und finden uns meist schnell damit ab. Wenn man jedoch ständig warten muss, wird es ärgerlich und frustrierend. Diese Erfahrung müssen begabte Schüler*innen fast jede Schulstunde machen. Ausgehend von der aktuellen Forschung und einer durchgeführten qualitativen Studie mit Schüler*innen der Sekundarstufe 1 werden in di...
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When Austria introduced the new mandatory subject “Basic Digital Education” in September 2018, computational thinking finally made it into the curriculum. Schools can choose to offer specific subjects or dispense the content into already existing subjects where seen fit. But research shows that it is better to implement computational thinking in ot...
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This paper describes an experiment with gifted secondary school students from fifth to eighth grade. The students were presented with a strategy game and challenged to solve different tasks together. This was done by having the students try out the game in different ways, model, and print their own version of the game in 3D and develop a life-size...
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The Children’s Congress at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz is a project that supports and promotes pupils in their research interests, digital competencies, creativity, collaborating abilities and problem solving. For this, the pupils slip into the role of researchers and scientists and try to solve a real-world problem by using strategies f...
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Effective learning is always an active process where students should create and construct their knowledge themselves. To support this independent work, creative strategies for elaborating, structuring, visualizing and memorizing learning contents are welcome in every domain. They are especially useful in subjects considered as difficult or for stud...
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The Children’s Congress is an event, developed to meet a demand for strengthening computational thinking and increasing the interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects. This congress brings teachers, university students and pupils together to work on interdisciplinary real-life problems. During these proceedi...
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Interdisciplinary projects can support students in their creativity and challenge them in their academic knowledge. This leads to students that are more motivated and therefore higher achieving. Especially gifted students need these extra challenges to develop their full potential. Based on this research, a talent club for gifted students of primar...
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The Children's Congress is an event, developed to meet a demand for strengthening computational thinking and to increase the interest in STEAM subjects. This congress brings teachers, university students and pupils together to work interdisciplinary on real-life problems. During these proceedings, the pupils slip into the role of researchers and sc...
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At the Children's Congress pupils can slip into the role of researchers. Their task is to solve a real world problem by using strategies from the STEAM field. In this process the pupils are supported by teachers, students of the teacher education and students of the Honors Program from the STEAM department at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Th...
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In the field of computer science there is a lack of qualified staff. Hence, more talents are needed, and universities try to attract students by launching different programs. The Johannes Kepler University Linz is very engaged in talent promotion and offers programs for all age groups from preschool up to higher education. The goal of these program...
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The typical assignments in classrooms are simplified problems and one particular solution is expected from students. There is little opportunity for creativity. In addition, students only need to show their knowledge and understanding of the material learned in earlier lessons. However, the problems in school are often detached from students’ daily...

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Programming exams contribute to high drop-out rates and often students choose a different subject or even stop their university education. A possible gap could be closed by supporting beginners with the help of the COOL (cooperative open learning) concept. In addition to this mandatory class, a peer-teaching course has been established. Students meet on a weekly basis to work together on the problems of software development based on the COOL concept. Two PhD candidates supervise the students, although they only act as tutors and do not provide any solutions. The approach described above is now being carried out for the third semester in a row and the drop-out rate has been reduced.
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At the Children’s Congress pupils can slip into the role of researchers. Their task is to solve a real world problem by using strategies from the STEAM field. In this process the pupils are supported by teachers, students of the teacher education and students of the Honors Program from the STEAM department at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. They work together in interdisciplinary projects, where mathematical problem-solving gets combined with arts, and two of the basic concepts of computer science: computational thinking and development of creative (digital) products. The products and results are presented at a final event by the pupils themselves.