computer science education · pedagogy · programming · research

How do you use PRIMM?

I’m conducting some research interviews about PRIMM this month – to participate please complete the form by following the link here. Many thanks.

PRIMM stands for Predict, Run, Investigate, Modify and Make and it is used to structure programming lessons. More information can be found here and details of previous research here.

PRIMM was introduced in 2017 and a research study carried out in 2018 showed that it improved learning outcomes in early programming in KS3. Since then it’s been adopted by many teachers as a useful addition to the set of strategies that support the teaching of programming. We have heard from teachers at all phases, from primary right through to further education, who have found that PRIMM is useful.

We are now conducting follow-up research interviews with teachers who have been using PRIMM for a little while with students. The primary focus is on how students talk about their programs but the interviews will also be open-ended enough to solicit insights from teachers on how and why PRIMM does, or does not, work well in the classroom setting (or in online lessons).

We are looking for a number of teachers to participate in this research. There are two stages to the research and you can participate in one or both.

Stage 1 (October 2020): A one-to-one interview (online) about your experiences of using PRIMM. The interview will take 30 minutes and will be audio-recorded.

Stage 2 (at any point between November 2020 to March 2021): Completion of a “classroom talk” diary after PRIMM programming lessons, for a number of lessons.

I believe that engaging in research projects as a teacher really supports your professional development as it encourages a more reflective, and reflexive, approach to teaching. The project will be conducted following ethical guidelines for research and your participation will be anonymous in regards to any publication of the research results.

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