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Ricerca per l'innovazione della scuola italiana
Applicazioni tecnologiche per lo sviluppo della didattica laboratoriale

Computational thinking

Tipo di ricerca: Esplorativa

The project was born in the field of endogenous research and was then financed and commissioned by the Ministry of Education with European funds. At present, the project continues in the field of endogenous research, deepening the concept of computational thinking in an experimental context, and in the context of the third mission by proposing training initiatives that use the results of the research already carried out. Computational thinking is a much-cited theme in national and international documents as an area in which the school needs to be supported.

The research activity on computational thinking will be based on the results of the activities on coding and educational robotics that emerged in the research of previous years, extending the field of investigation to different aspects and points of view, and integrating it with teacher training on the target topics.


1) To develop computational thinking using coding and educational robotics to experiment interdisciplinary and vertical activities and the consequent creation of more flexible curricula based on project-based activities also with attention to gender dynamics, which are easily traceable in this area

2) Methodological training in the design of interdisciplinary and vertical project-based teaching units using coding and robotics

Research questions

  • Could computational thinking be the common thread through which to build a transversal vertical curriculum?
  • Can computational thinking lead to a type of school based on project and problem based curricular activities?
  • How can computational thinking be integrated into action-research teaching where teachers take on an attitude of research and personal experimentation of tools and methodologies?
  • How to build a teacher training in computational thinking that insists on design skills and classroom support for students?
  • Can this type of activity be functional to improving the self-perception of female students with respect to scientific subjects?


All teachers and educators of the school of the first cycle.