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Authors: Pia Niemelä 1 and Antti Valmari 2

Affiliations: 1 Tampere University of Technology, Finland ; 2 University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Keyword(s): K-12 Computer Science Education, Computing in Math Syllabus, Digital Skills Gap, Professional Development of Software Professionals, Effectiveness of Education, Continuous vs. Discrete Math.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Computer-Supported Education ; Course Design and e-Learning Curriculae ; Domain Applications and Case Studies ; Educating the Educators ; e-Learning ; Higher Order Thinking Skills ; Instructional Design ; Intelligent Learning and Teaching Systems ; Learning/Teaching Methodologies and Assessment ; Lifelong Learning: Continuing Professional Training & Development ; Social Context and Learning Environments

Abstract: All-encompassing digitalization and the digital skills gap pressure the current school system to change. Accordingly, to "digi-jump", the Finnish National Curriculum 2014 (FNC-2014) adds programming to K-12 math. However, we claim that the anticipated addition remains too vague and subtle. Instead, we should take into account education recommendations set by computer science organizations, such as ACM, and define clear learning targets for programming. Correspondingly, the whole math syllabus should be critically viewed in the light of these changes and the feedback collected from SW professionals and educators. These findings reveal an imbalance between supply and demand, i.e., what is over-taught versus under-taught, from the point of view of professional requirements. Critics claim an unnecessary surplus of calculus and differential equations, i.e., continuous mathematics. In contrast, the emphasis should shift more towards algorithms and data structures, flexibility in handling m ultiple data representations, logic; in summary -- discrete mathematics. (More)


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Niemelä, P. and Valmari, A. (2018). Elementary Math to Close the Digital Skills Gap. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU; ISBN 978-989-758-291-2; ISSN 2184-5026, SciTePress, pages 154-165. DOI: 10.5220/0006800201540165

author={Pia Niemelä. and Antti Valmari.},
title={Elementary Math to Close the Digital Skills Gap},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU},


JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU
TI - Elementary Math to Close the Digital Skills Gap
SN - 978-989-758-291-2
IS - 2184-5026
AU - Niemelä, P.
AU - Valmari, A.
PY - 2018
SP - 154
EP - 165
DO - 10.5220/0006800201540165
PB - SciTePress