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CAS computational thinking - A Guide for teachers

Guidance for both primary and secondary school teachers aimed at developing a shared understanding of computational thinking

Mark Dorling

Created by Mark Dorling
last edited Apr 03 2017 by Qing Wang


This guide seeks to help develop a shared understanding of the teaching of computational thinking in schools. It presents a conceptual framework of computational thinking, describes pedagogic approaches for teaching and offers guides for assessment. It is complementary to the two CAS guides published in November 2013 (Primary) and June 2014 (Secondary) in supporting the implementation of the new National Curriculum and embraces the CAS Barefoot and CAS QuickStart Computing descriptions of computational thinking. Computational thinking lies at the heart of the computing curriculum but it also supports learning and thinking in other areas of the curriculum.

The guide should also be read in conjunction with the CAS Progression Pathways

Our collective thanks to Dr John Woollard and his team for writing this guide and to Steve Connelly, for the support at Hodder Education with the publication.

See also our Computational Thinking resource page

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