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It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12


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A new study stresses the need for computational thinking to be integrated across K-12 school curricula.

Credit: THE Journal

A new study from the nonprofit Digital Promise stresses the need for computational thinking to be integrated across K-12 school curricula, citing an ACM description of computational thinking as "the thought process behind programming."

The report calls K-12 schools' current efforts to teach this principle "highly decentralized" and lacking a "single authority at the national level guiding the purpose and implementation of opportunities to learn about computing."

The study's authors say the incorporation of computational thinking into education would enable students to solve complex problems with many interrelated parts, develop processes that are "logical, precise, and repeatable," and comprehend how to work with data to support their problem-solving.

Digital Promise notes computational thinking can be integrated into existing topics, and its recommendations for moving computational thinking forward in schools include the undertaking of advocacy campaigns, curriculum and resource development, professional development for educators and school leaders, and further research.

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