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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Keeping the machinery in computing education
Author(s): Connor, Richard
Cutts, Quintin
Robertson, Judy
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2017
Citation: Connor R, Cutts Q & Robertson J (2017) Keeping the machinery in computing education, Communications of the ACM, 60 (11), pp. 26-28.
Abstract: First paragraph: We do not think there can be "computer science" without a computer. Some efforts at deep thinking about computing education seem to sidestep the fact that there is technology at the core of this subject, and an important technology at that. Computer science practitioners are concerned with making and using these powerful, general-purpose engines. To achieve this, computational thinking is essential, however, so is a deep understanding of machines and languages, and how these are used to create artifacts. In our opinion, efforts to make computer science entirely about "computational thinking" in the absence of "computers" are mistaken.
DOI Link: 10.1145/3144174

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