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Learning & Leading with Technology, v38 n6 p20-23 Mar-Apr 2011

In a seminal article published in 2006, Jeanette Wing described computational thinking (CT) as a way of "solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts fundamental to computer science." Wing's article gave rise to an often controversial discussion and debate among computer scientists, cognitive researchers, and educators regarding the nature, definition, and application of CT. In 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded a project titled Leveraging Thought Leadership for Computational Thinking in PK-12. Led jointly by ISTE and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the project is intended to make the concepts of computational thinking accessible to educators by providing an operational definition, a shared vocabulary, and relevant, age-appropriate examples of computational thinking tied to current educational objectives and classroom practices. The NSF/ISTE/CSTA project explores how students learn computational thinking at all grade levels and in all disciplines. The long-term goal is to recommend ways that all students have the opportunity to learn computational thinking skills and to ensure that they can be transferred to different problems and used in different contexts.

Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Computer Science, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Vocabulary, Problem Solving, Elementary Secondary Education, Technology Uses in Education, Simulation, Definitions, Computers, Information Technology

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Author: Barr, David; Harrison, John; Conery, Leslie

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1969&id=EJ918910



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