Computational Thinking in the STEM Disciplines

Foundations and Research Highlights

  • Myint Swe Khine

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Foundations in Computational Thinking

  3. Computational Thinking and Teacher Education

  4. Computational Thinking in Schools and Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Georgios Fessakis, Vasilis Komis, Elisavet Mavroudi, Stavroula Prantsoudi
      Pages 181-212
    3. Francisco José García-Peñalvo, Daniela Reimann, Christiane Maday
      Pages 213-226
    4. Michael Vallance, Phillip A. Towndrow
      Pages 301-325

About this book


This book covers studies of computational thinking related to linking, infusing, and embedding computational thinking elements to school curricula, teacher education and STEM related subjects. Presenting the distinguished and exemplary works by educators and researchers in the field highlighting the contemporary trends and issues, creative and unique approaches, innovative methods, frameworks, pedagogies and theoretical and practical aspects in computational thinking.
A decade ago the notion of computational thinking was introduced by Jeannette Wing and envisioned that computational thinking will be a fundamental skill that complements to reading, writing and arithmetic for everyone and represents a universally applicable attitude. The computational thinking is considered a thought processes involved in a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behaviour. Assimilating computational thinking at young age will assist them to enhance problem solving skills, improve logical reasoning, and advance analytical ability - key attributes to succeed in the 21st century.
Educators around the world are investing their relentless effort in equipping the young generation with real-world skills ready for the demand and challenges of the future. It is commonly believed that computational thinking will play a pivotal and dominant role in this endeavour. Wide-ranging research on and application of computational thinking in education have been emerged in the last ten years. This book will document attempts to conduct systematic, prodigious and multidisciplinary research in computational thinking and present their findings and accomplishments.

Computational Thinking is regarded as an essential literacy for learners in the 21st century. While computing is becoming compulsory in many schools worldwide, rigorous theoretical foundations and empirical research on computational thinking are scarce. This volume is an essential guide which brings together many of the world’s leading scholars to describe and explore concepts and approaches beneficial for researchers and practitioners alike.
Dirk Ifenthaler, University of Mannheim, Germany


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Editors and affiliations

  • Myint Swe Khine
    • 1
  1. 1.Emirates College for Advanced EducationAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93565-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93566-9
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