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A National Engagement Model for Developing Computer Science Education in Wales / Tom, Crick

Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Informatics in Schools, Pages: 1 - 12

Swansea University Author: Tom, Crick

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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...

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Published in: Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Informatics in Schools
Published: Münster, Germany 9th International Conference on Informatics in Schools: Situation, Evolution, and Perspectives, ISSEP 2016 2016
Online Access: http://issep2016.ens-cachan.fr/ISSEP_2016_Proceedings.pdf
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa43586
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Abstract: 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 pro- gramme founded in 2003 and its wider impact on computer science edu- cation 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.
Item Description: 9th International Conference on Informatics in Schools (ISSEP 2016)
College: College of Science
Start Page: 1
End Page: 12