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ERIC Number: EJ1162471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Integrating Computational Thinking into Technology and Engineering Education
Hacker, Michael
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v77 n4 p8-14 Dec 2017-Jan 2018
Computational Thinking (CT) is being promoted as "a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world by the middle of the 21st Century" (Wing, 2006). CT has been effectively integrated into history, ELA, mathematics, art, and science courses (Settle, et al., 2012). However, there has been no analogous effort to integrate CT into Technology and Engineering (T&E) education despite the vast opportunities it provides for engaging learners in CT practices in the context of authentic technological challenges. Integrating CS principles and CT within T&E can expand the role the discipline plays in all students' fundamental education, can broaden participation in computing education, and can increase T&E's status within the educational system. Presently, no discipline has taken upon itself the responsibility of being the primary instructional vehicle to teach CT in the nation's schools. T&E can take great advantage of this opportunity--without compromising the discipline's core mission of teaching students about the human-made world--by integrating CS & CT principles, practices, and vocabulary with core T&E concepts. It is feasible to teach CT and computer science skills by incorporating real-world computing problems into T&E design challenges.
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Language: English
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