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Restart: The Resurgence of Computer Science in UK Schools / Neil C. C. Brown; Sue Sentance; Tom Crick; Simon Humphreys

ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Volume: 14, Issue: 2, Pages: 1 - 22

Swansea University Author: Crick, Tom

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DOI (Published version): 10.1145/2602484

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Computer science in UK schools is undergoing a remarkable transformation. While the changes are not consistent across each of the four devolved nations of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), there are developments in each that are moving the subject to become mandatory for all pu...

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Published in: ACM Transactions on Computing Education
ISSN: 19466226
Published: ACM 2014
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