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Student Ideas About Computational Thinking Concepts When Learning About Modeling Hydrologic Systems


"Integrating computational thinking into science instruction is a relatively new focus in science education. Computational thinking is listed in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) as one of the eight scientific practices that students should participate in while learning science. Yet, defining what computational thinking is, identifying what students should learn about it, providing examples of what it looks like in a science curriculum, and understanding how students think about and engage in computational thinking practices are all new territory. In this paper we lay out our framework for integrating computational thinking into instruction about water in environmental systems and present some data on student ideas about computational thinking concepts."