Computational literacy

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Computational literacy is either a synonym for computer literacy (or similar) or it can refer to a new form of thinking related to procedural literacy and more advanced components of digital literacy.

Often the two perspectives are combined, e.g. by people who follow constructivist ideas on learning and education.


According to Beth P. Jacobson [1], “[...] DiSessa presents a new form of literacy designed to modify the ways in which students learn science, as well as how they think in general. He is essentially bringing age-old traditions of education into the technological age. His proposal for a new way of thinking is insightful and challenging, and in time may prove to be the cornerstone of a new educational system.”



  1. Jacobson, Beth Pamela, 2002. Review of "Changing minds: Computer, learning and literacy" by Andrea A. DiSessa. Cambridge, MA: MIT press, 2000. Soc. Sci. Comput. Rev. 20, 3 (September 2002), 354-355. DOI=


  • DiSessa Andrea. A. (2000). Changing Minds: Computer, Learning and Literacy, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000. 271 pp.