Computer Science and Info Lit

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The Association for Computing Machinery, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the Cyber Innovation Center, and the National Math and Science Initiative, along with,  have launched the K-12 Computer Science Framework (Yongpradit, 2016).  The framework contains seven Core Practices (K-12 computer science framework, 2016, p. 57).  Some of them speak to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.

For example the K-12 framework Practice 3, Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems, has students “decompose complex real-world problems into manageable subproblems” (2016, p.77). Likewise the ACRL’s Research as Inquiry frame mentions ‘breaking complex questions into simple ones” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).  The practice even echoes ACRL Standard One (2000, p. 8), which concerns defining an information need.

The K-12 framework Practice 7, Communicating About Computing, involves both the exchange of ideas and the appropriateness of solutions (2016, p.  82).  The ACRL’s (2015) Scholarship as Conversation frame also concerns the exchange of ideas, and the Information Creation as a Process frame concerns appropriateness of product.

Computer Science Education Week  (December 5-11) is a fitting time to look at computer science information literacy.  It’s a chance to think about the K-12 context as well.



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