Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools (CoCoS)

The Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools research group deals with research, teaching and courses for skills development of professionals within the fields of computational thinking and coding skills in schools. Our work is conducted in projects financed by a number of national and international funding agencies and organizations.

The research group Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools (CoCoS) has two bases. Partly computational thinking (CT) – a collection of methods for problem solving that means that a given problem and its possible solutions can be expressed in a way that a computer can also perform. Partly coding skills – to have the knowledge and the skills that allow you to program and implement computer programs.

Our efforts include research activities, teaching and competence development courses related to computational thinking and coding skills in schools. Our conceptual lens can be characterized by the elaboration of a holistic view on computational thinking, considered as an approach to problem solving and posing using diverse programming tools. 

Currently, we are involved in several research projects. We also give courses based on activities where we make use of both visual programming, micro-controllers and text-based programming to develop different educational scenarios that introduce computational thinking and creative coding in a variety of subject matters and domains.

Our work is conducted in projects that are financed by a number of national and international funding agencies and organizations. We work in close in collaboration with the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) and with local and international edtech companies. During the past years we have collaborated with more than 500 Swedish teachers, through both on-site and on-line activities.

Projects

Other research and development projects

Staff

Other staff

  • Chronis Kynigos, guest professor, Linnaeus University
  • Sepide Tavajoh, master student, Linnaeus University
  • Sami Thawaba, master student, Linnaeus University
  • Teresa Cerratto Pargman, associate professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Tina Sundberg, Region Kronoberg, Sweden
  • Linda Stark, Region Kronoberg, Sweden
  • Anna Prisberg, Region Kronoberg, Sweden

Plus a number of assistants and students.

Publications

International conferences

Public outreach

  • Maker Tour: A project that explored how to combine mobile Maker activities in rural schools, financed by Vinnova and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket)
  • Innovation Lab (in Swedish): A new space that promotes digital innovations at Videum Science Park, situated at the campus in Växjö