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The Long Quest for Computational Thinking
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Naval Postgraduate School, , .
2016 (English)In: Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research, ACM Digital Library , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Computational 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.

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ACM Digital Library , 2016.
Keyword [en]
Computer science education; Computational thinking; CSER; Computational ideas; History of computational thinking; Disciplinary ways of thinking and practicing
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136604ISBN: 978-1-4503-4770-9OAI: diva2:1055469
Available from: 2016-12-12 Created: 2016-12-12

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