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Arguing for computer science in the school curriculum


Fluck, A and Webb, M and Cox, M and Angeli, C and Malyn-Smith, J and Voogt, J and Zagami, J, Arguing for computer science in the school curriculum, Educational Technology & Society, 19, (3) pp. 38-46. ISSN 1436-4522 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Computer science has been a discipline for some years, and its position in the school curriculum has been contested differently in several countries. This paper looks at its role in three countries to illustrate these differences. A reconsideration of computer science as a separate subject both in primary and secondary education is suggested. At EDUsummIT 2015 it was argued that the major rationales for including computer science as a subject in the K-12 curriculum are economic, social and cultural. The paper explores these three rationales and also a beneficence matrix to assist curriculum designers. It also argues computer science is rapidly becoming critical for generating new knowledge, and should be taught as a distinct subject or content area, especially in secondary schools. The paper concludes by looking at some of the key questions to be considered when implementing computer science in the school curriculum, and at ways its role might change in the future.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:computer science, curriculum, K-12, rationale, primary school, secondary school
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:110031
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-07-12
Last Modified:2017-11-21
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