The Long Quest for Computational Thinking

dc.contributor.authorTedre, Matti
dc.contributor.authorDenning, Peter J.
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science (CS)
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-23T23:57:12Z
dc.date.available2019-01-23T23:57:12Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2999541.2999542en_US
dc.description.abstractComputational thinking (CT) is a popular phrase that refers to a collection of computational ideas and habits of mind that people in computing disciplines acquire through their work in designing programs, software, simulations, and computations performed by machinery. Recently a computational thinking for K–12 movement has spawned initiatives across the education sector, and educational reforms are under way in many countries. However, modern CT initiatives should be well aware of the broad and deep history of computational thinking, or risk repeating already refuted claims, past mistakes, and already solved problems, or losing some of the richest and most ambitious ideas in CT. This paper presents an overview of three important historical currents from which CT has developed: evolution of computing’s disciplinary ways of thinking and practicing, educational research and efforts in computing, and emergence of computational science and digitalization of society. The paper examines a number of threats to CT initiatives: lack of ambition, dogmatism, knowing versus doing, exaggerated claims, narrow views of computing, overemphasis on formulation, and lost sight of computational models.en_US
dc.format.extent10 p.en_US
dc.identifier.citationTedre, Matti, and Peter J. Denning. "The long quest for computational thinking." Proceedings of the 16th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. ACM, 2016.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/61006
dc.publisherACMen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorComputer science educationen_US
dc.subject.authorComputational thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorCSERen_US
dc.subject.authorComputational ideasen_US
dc.subject.authorHistory of computational thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorDisciplinary ways of thinking and practicingen_US
dc.titleThe Long Quest for Computational Thinkingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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