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Volume 60, Issue 2


Computing in the classroom: Tales from the chalkface

Sue Sentance / Jane Waite
Published Online: 2018-03-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2017-0014


Computing, a broad discipline including computer science, information technology and digital literacy, was introduced as a mandatory national curriculum subject in England in 2014. This meant the introduction of both computer programing and more academic computer science into the curriculum. Such a significant curriculum change involves a period of transition, lasting several years. Here we consider what we have learned about the implementation of the new curriculum, the external influences that have come to bear on teachers’ and pupils’ experiences, and the challenges that are faced.

Keywords: computer science education; primary education; secondary education; K-12 teachers


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About the article

Sue Sentance

Dr. Sue Sentance is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education at King’s College London. She teaches pre-service secondary teachers to deliver the Computing curriculum in England, and also runs professional development courses for in-service teachers. Sue gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and taught in school for 11 years.

Jane Waite

Jane Waite is the project manager for Computing At School’s regional centre in London whilst working towards a PhD in computer science education in primary schools. Jane is a qualified primary teacher and an author on the Barefoot programme, writing resources that demystify the primary computing curriculum. She tutors on the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching.

Received: 2017-08-07

Revised: 2018-01-03

Accepted: 2018-02-01

Published Online: 2018-03-22

Published in Print: 2018-04-25

Citation Information: it - Information Technology, Volume 60, Issue 2, Pages 103–112, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2017-0014.

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