Title

Programming In The Australian Curriculum: A Rationale And A Place

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

International Society for Technology in Education

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education/Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies

RAS ID

18005

Comments

This article was originally published as: Newhouse, C. P. (2014). Programming in the Australian Curriculum: a rationale and a place. Journal for Computing Teachers, Summer 2014(2014), 11-17. Original article available here

Abstract

The release of the Digital Technologies curriculum for the Australian Curriculum has raised the perennial debate over the place of computer programming in school curricula. This paper seeks to provide a background to this debate and suggest a rationale for including programming, without exaggerating its role or diminishing other important components of the Digital Technologies curriculum. Through the construct of computational thinking, the researcher describes ways in which the development of programming concepts can occur from a student’s early years to secondary schooling and offers appropriate tools to support children’s learning. The new Australian Curriculum should provide the scaffolding for this conceptual development within the bigger picture of students learning to be problem-solving users and developers of digital technologies.

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