JTIE 2014, 6(1):71-88 | 10.5507/jtie.2014.006

ANALYSIS OF TERM MEANING "COMPUTATIONAL THINKING"

Daniel LESSNER
Kabinet software a výuky informatiky, Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta UK, Malostranské nám. 25 118 00, Praha 1, ČR

The article introduces the concept of computational thinking (CT). This ability "to think like a computer scientist while solving problems" draws more and more attention in relation to computer science education. We show and discuss a few definitions of CT. The concept can then be compared to key competences and literacies as used in Czechia.
The second half of the article illustrates the theoretical specifications with a variety of examples from both everyday life and school education. Our "computer science" classes focus on ICT user skills. CT provides a convenient starting point for the quest for what is missing in our education.

Keywords: computer science education, computational thinking.

Published: April 1, 2014

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