Share Paper: Developing Computational Thinking: Approaches and Orientations in K-12 Education

  1. Stefania Bocconi, Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, Italy
  2. Augusto Chioccariello, Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, Italy
  3. Giuliana Dettori, Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, Italy
  4. Anusca Ferrari, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  5. Katja Engelhardt, European Schoolnet, Belgium
  6. Panagiotis Kampylis, European Commission, DG JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies , Spain
  7. Yves Punie, European Commission, DG JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies , Spain
Thursday, June 30 11:15-11:35 AM Pavilion Ballroom B

Abstract: This paper reports on initial findings of a study on developing computational thinking (CT) as a 21st Century skill. Extensive desktop research collecting evidences from the (academic and grey) literature has been complemented with a survey on policy documents and several semi-structured interviews with policy makers, researchers and practitioners involved in the implementation of relevant policy and grassroots initiatives to further understand the uptake of CT approaches in K-12 educational contexts. Preliminary findings from the literature review indicate that the debate on definitional issues remains open. Despite an increasing number of CT implementations in both formal and informal education settings, ...