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Computational thinking

Postby Joseph Malkevitch » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:39 pm

Dear Colleagues,

Mathematics education is a complex enterprise. In K-12 mathematics education should we be emphasizing conceptual skills, algorithms for important workplace skills, problem solving, modeling, etc., and what balance of time should there be for dealing with these matters?

One aspect of the debate is that the mathematics community it seems to me often forgets that students with "mathematical talent/interests"
have options other than being a mathematics major when they get to college.

I often hear the mathematics community "minimize" computation and computation thinking as something that should be addressed in K-12 mathematics classrooms. I think this is unwise.

Here is a recent report about teaching computational skills in K-12.

http://digitalpromise.org/wp-content/up ... g-v1r5.pdf

Regards,

Joe
Joseph Malkevitch
Department of Mathematics
York College (CUNY)
Jamaica, New York 11451

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