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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN 1648-5831

© Vilnius University Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies

2018, Vol. 17, No. 2
pp. 265-284

DOI: 10.15388/infedu.2018.14

Computational Thinking Relationship with Digital Competence

Anita JUŠKEVIČIENĖ, Valentina DAGIENĖ

Vilnius university Institute of Data Science and Digital Technologies
Akademijos str. 4, LT-08663 Vilnius, Lithuania

Abstract

The European Commission Science Hub has been promoting Computational Thinking (CT) as an important 21st century skill or competence. However, "despite the high interest in developing computational thinking among schoolchildren and the large public and private investment in CT initiatives, there are a number of issues and challenges for the integration of CT in the school curricula". On the other hand, the Digital Competence (DC) Framework 2.0 (DigCom) is promoted in the same European Commission Science Hub portal. It shows that both topics have many things in common. Thus, there is the need of research on the relationship between CT and digital competence.
The goal of this paper is to analyse and discuss the relationship between DC and CT, and to help educators as well as educational policy makers to make informed decisions about how CT and DC can be included in their local institutions. We begin by defining DC and CT and then discuss the current state of both phenomena in education in multiple countries in Europe. By analysing official documents, we try to find the underlying commonness in both DC and CT, and discover all possible connections between them. Possible interconnections between the component groups of approaches are presented in Fig.

Keywords:

computational thinking, digital competence, education




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