We have a website at the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre that is kept more frequently up-to-date. For blog posts by Sue Sentance, you can now go to https://computingeducationresearch.org/
Research to practice in the context of school computing education
Education researchers carry out research with the ultimate goal of improving the learning outcomes of learners. In my field, this relates to computing education in school, which is a relatively new offering compared to other more established disciplines. There is a lot to learn about how students and teachers learn and teach computing effectively. In… Continue reading Research to practice in the context of school computing education
WiPSCE 2019 – a ceilidh and more!
I've just attended WIPSCE 2019 at the University of Glasgow, UK, hosted by Quintin Cutts and Peter Donaldson and team at the Centre for Computing Science Education. I really enjoyed the conference, as I do all WIPSCE conferences! In fact it was my 8th, as I have been every year since 2012, the first year… Continue reading WiPSCE 2019 – a ceilidh and more!
New book on computer science education!
Computer Science Education: Perspectives on Learning and Teaching at School is a new book edited by Sue Sentance, together with Carsten Schulte, University of Padeborn and Erk Barendsen, Radboud University, Nijmegen. Bringing together international experts in the field of computer science education in school this book will be useful both for students studying to become computing… Continue reading New book on computer science education!
‘Coding’ in School? Research Needed to make Computing Accessible to All Children
This post has been reproduced from the Social Science Space Blog published in January 2018: https://www.socialsciencespace.com/2018/01/coding-school-research-needed-computing-accessible-children/ Coding. It's the new ‘must have’ skill - there are opportunities for us to learn this everywhere, with online courses, workshops, books and magazines abounding. In school, coding has also become a focus. When computing replaced ICT as part of… Continue reading ‘Coding’ in School? Research Needed to make Computing Accessible to All Children
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
BBC micro:bit – research project
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology, and is to be given free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK from March 2016. The first devices were sent to teachers (3 per school) before students in order that teachers could prepare… Continue reading BBC micro:bit – research project
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
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
What is computer science education all about?
This blog is about Computer Science Education at King's College London, UK. Computer Science Education is an interdisciplinary field: it is of course about the teaching and learning of computer science but it's also about all the areas that impact on computer science - philosophy, psychology, linguistics, natural sciences, and mathematics - and how they… Continue reading What is computer science education all about?