Application of the Occupational Analysis of Computational Thinking-Enabled STEM Professionals as a Program Assessment Tool

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Published in the Journal of Computational Science Education, this article describes the application of findings from an NSF project on Computational Thinking (CT) in America’s workplace to program assessment. The authors present the process used to define the primary job functions and work tasks of CT-Enabled STEM professionals and discuss three programs that developed CT skills among secondary and post-secondary learners. They detail how the resulting occupational analysis was used to review these programs and suggest ways to use the analysis as a framework to guide the development of STEM learning outcomes and activities, as well as to set directions for future work.


Joyce Malyn Smith and Irene Lee

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