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Promoting computational thinking with programming

Promoting computational thinking with programming
Promoting computational thinking with programming
The term computational thinking has received some discussion in the field of computer science education research. The term is defined as the concept of thinking about problems in a way that can be implemented in a computing device. Of course, after having thought about a problem using computational thinking skills, the next step should be to use programming skills to implement the solution. This work in progress is exploring ways in which programming can be employed as a tool to teach computational thinking and problem solving. Data is collected from teachers, academics, and professionals from various industries. They are purposively selected because of their knowledge of or interest in the topics of problem solving, computational thinking, and the teaching of programming. This data is analyzed within the paradigm of the grounded theory approach. The results of an initial analysis imply an ordering of complexity associated with computational thinking skills, imply connections between computational thinking skills and programming activities, and imply a relationship between computational thinking skills and other taxonomies of learning.
Selby, Cynthia
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Selby, Cynthia
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Selby, Cynthia (2012) Promoting computational thinking with programming. The 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE), Germany. 08 - 09 Nov 2012. 4 pp .

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The term computational thinking has received some discussion in the field of computer science education research. The term is defined as the concept of thinking about problems in a way that can be implemented in a computing device. Of course, after having thought about a problem using computational thinking skills, the next step should be to use programming skills to implement the solution. This work in progress is exploring ways in which programming can be employed as a tool to teach computational thinking and problem solving. Data is collected from teachers, academics, and professionals from various industries. They are purposively selected because of their knowledge of or interest in the topics of problem solving, computational thinking, and the teaching of programming. This data is analyzed within the paradigm of the grounded theory approach. The results of an initial analysis imply an ordering of complexity associated with computational thinking skills, imply connections between computational thinking skills and programming activities, and imply a relationship between computational thinking skills and other taxonomies of learning.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 November 2012
Venue - Dates: The 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE), Germany, 2012-11-08 - 2012-11-09

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346936
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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2013 14:22
Last modified: 16 Jul 2018 16:31

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