Procedural thinking is a disciplined method of thinking in sequence, in order and logically. Procedural thinking can be reflected in a flow chart. Some examples below may help you better understand procedural thinking:
- Following a recipe requires procedural thinking because you must follow the steps in order
- Putting together Ikea furniture requires procedural thinking because you usually follow the steps in order
- Procedural thinking is used when performing CPR to save someone's life - you follow a series of steps (call for help, check breathing, check airway, check circulation, decide if you perform CPR)
- When you print something on a school printer, you follow a series of sequential steps (choose what to print, click print, choose a printer, go to the printer, and then scan your barcode).
- If a lamp is broken, you might follow these steps in the flowchart below:
These standards are used from the IB Computer Science Subject Guide
- Identify the procedure appropriate to solving a problem.
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- IB Diploma Programme Computer science guide (first examinations 2014). Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization. January 2012.