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Programming in the Australian Curriculum: A Rationale and a Place

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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.


C. Paul Newhouse