Special Issue "Promotion of Computational Thinking and Informatics Education in Pre-University Studies"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor 
Dr. Francisco José García-Peñalvo
Computer Science Department. Research Institute for Educational Sciences. GRIAL Research Group. University of Salamanca. Faculty of Sciences, Plaza de los Caídos S/N, 37008, Salamanca, Spain
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Interests: STEM; computational thinking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleageus,

Digital competence is a key competence proposed by the European Union. Having basic computer skills is a necessity in today's society, which adds to other basic knowledge, such as reading, writing or performing arithmetic operations.

The development of any key non-transversal competence requires independent subjects with a mandatory character, such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Natural Sciences, for example.

Informatics constitutes a mixed discipline with elements of science and technology. Therefore, its learning requires an independent subject from others with which it has a relationship but whose contents are different, such as Mathematics or Technology. Moreover, this subject-based approach should be combined with other items from a pedagogical toolbox such as the computational thinking.

Purpose of the special issue

The purpose of this Special Issue is to help to identify good practices and/or particular concerns that may contribute the development of the comptational thinking practices and curricular approaches to teach informatics in the different levels of the pre-university studies, with a special emphasis in bringing with STEM reinforcement actions.

Prof. Dr. Francisco José García-Peñalvo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Informatics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


Computational thinking
Informatics education
Pre-university studies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.


The information is available here: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/informatics/special_issues/inform_edu