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Exploring pedagogies for teaching programming in school

Many teachers are able to recognise that students can find programming difficult and can identify the stages that novice school-aged programmers go through (cf Laura Sach's blog article). However it is not as easy to specify a particular teaching strategy that will support learners in gaining confidence and a deep understanding of programming concepts (moving… Continue reading Exploring pedagogies for teaching programming in school

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Conferences relating to computer science education in school

WIPSCE (Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education) is a great conference for those interested in computer science education in school to attend as it combines a really friendly and welcoming international community of researchers with a desire to encourage rigorous theoretical and empirical research in computer science education.  The first international WIPSCE conference was… Continue reading Conferences relating to computer science education in school

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My PhD: abstraction in primary Computing

Jane Waite: CAS London Project Manager, based at King's College London, has had a poster accepted at WiPSCE 2016. Jane writes: I recently started a part time PhD in the field of Computer Science and Education at Queen Mary University of London; my supervisors are Paul Cuzon and William Marsh at QMUL and Sue Sentance… Continue reading My PhD: abstraction in primary Computing

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A holistic approach to teacher professional development in Computing

Recently (12th July 2016), the new standard for teacher professional development was released by the DfE, in conjunction with the Teacher Professional Development Trust. The standard has five underpinning aims: Professional development should have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes. Professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise. Professional development should… Continue reading A holistic approach to teacher professional development in Computing

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Computer science education research in schools and pedagogy

There is a growing amount of research in computer science education and also a need to be able to describe the key findings to teachers so that it becomes directly relevant in the classroom. In my recent CAS TV appearance I talk about a range of areas of research and how they may be of… Continue reading Computer science education research in schools and pedagogy

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Teacher inquiry in computing education

The CAS Teaching Inquiry in Computing Education (TICE) project is a pilot study investigating how to support teachers in setting up action research projects in Computing. The underlying motivation for this is a belief that teachers can carry out valid investigations in school but need support from academics in the design and analysis of their… Continue reading Teacher inquiry in computing education

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Teaching Computing: strategies reported by teachers

As part of the Computing At School (CAS) Survey 2014 we asked all the teacher respondents to tell us what their best strategies were for teaching Computing, including programming, and what the challenges were. Over 300 teachers gave us their comments and the paper reports on the findings. Overall, the nuts and bolts of it… Continue reading Teaching Computing: strategies reported by teachers

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Computer Science Education: Theory and Practice

Having just finished teaching this module I am very impressed once again by the enthusiasm and engagement of the teachers and others enrolled for this computer science education course. As well as delving into the literature about various aspects of computer science education research, we also had the opportunity to share ideas and look at… Continue reading Computer Science Education: Theory and Practice