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Ideas and resources in computational thinking

Mateja Rojko (2012) Ideas and resources in computational thinking. EngD thesis.

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    Computational thinking is a paradigm of solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior by drawing on the fundamental concepts of computer science. The foundation for computational thinking is abstraction - abstracting concepts from cases and evaluating and selecting the appropriate abstraction. Computational thinking has already influenced a research in many science and engineering disciplines. In education, it is part of mathematics, biology, chemistry, economics, finance, languages and arts, music and sport. Through the games we can teach children the basic concepts of computer science and computational thinking. We present characteristics and methods of computational thinking, such as decomposition, abstraction and design of algorithms. We describe areas affected by the computational thinking, but we focus on their involvment in K – 12 curriculum. We describe some examples, such as robotic surgery in the medicine and »shotgun« algorithm in biology. We create a Flash animation, which tends to teach children merge sort in an interesting and simple manner.

    Item Type: Thesis (EngD thesis)
    Keywords: computational thinking, abstraction, decomposition, computer concepts, merge sort, problem solving, algorithmic thinking
    Number of Pages: 56
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Name and SurnameIDFunction
    prof. dr. Marko Robnik Šikonja276Mentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50070&select=(ID=00009058900)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Computer and Information Science
    Item ID: 1626
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 19:24
    Last Modified: 05 Apr 2012 18:22
    URI: http://eprints.fri.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1626

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