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Cognitive Skills You Need for the 21st Century$
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Stephen K. Reed

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197529003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197529003.001.0001

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Computational and Mathematical Thinking

Computational and Mathematical Thinking

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(p.221) 19 Computational and Mathematical Thinking
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Cognitive Skills You Need for the 21st Century
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Stephen K. Reed

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197529003.003.0019

Computational thinking is a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science. The advanced placement course, AP Computer Science Principles, introduces students to basic concepts and challenges them to explore how computing and technology impact the world. Computational thinking across the K–12 curriculum compliments, rather than competes with, efforts to expand computer science education. Computer science courses include algorithmic thinking, logic, abstraction, decomposition, and debugging. Computational and mathematical thinking have much in common. The book In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World is an excellent introduction to mathematical thinking by describing the impact of equations.

Keywords:   computational thinking, computer science instruction, AP Computer Science Principles, mathematical thinking

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