This week we presented a paper entitled: A National Engagement Model for Developing Computer Science Education in Wales at ISSEP 2016, the 9th International Conference on Informatics in Schools, in Münster, Germany. This builds upon our previous paper at WiPSCE 2015, as well as our wider curriculum reform work in Wales.
The abstract of the paper is below; you can download the full paper as part of the ISSEP 2016 proceedings:
A National Engagement Model for Developing Computer Science Education in Wales
Tom Crick and Faron Moller
Computer science education in the United Kingdom has undergone substantial scrutiny, and in England a new computing curriculum has just been introduced. However, in Wales — a devolved nation within the UK — political, geographical and socio-technical issues have hindered any substantive educational policy or curriculum reform for computer science over the past ten years. In this paper we present the activities of Technocamps, a university-based schools outreach programme founded in 2003 and its wider impact on computer science education and teachers in Wales. Furthermore, with imminent curriculum reform, we frame the wider opportunity for sustainably embedding both high-value digital competencies and computer science education – as well as changing the wider public perception and importance of computer science – as a prospective replicable case study of a national engagement model for countries with similar aspirations of becoming digitally confident and capable nations.
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