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Bringing Computer Science Back Into Schools: Lessons from the UK

Brown, Neil C.C., Kölling, Michael, Crick, Tom, Humphreys, Simon, Jones, Simon Peyton, Sentance, Sue (2013) Bringing Computer Science Back Into Schools: Lessons from the UK. In: SIGCSE Symposium 2013, March 6th - 9th, 2013, Denver, CO. (KAR id:33882)

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Computer science in UK schools is a subject in decline: the

ratio of Computing to Maths A-Level students (i.e. ages 16{

18) has fallen from 1:2 in 2003 to 1:20 in 2011 and in 2012.

In 2011 and again in 2012, the ratio for female students was

1:100, with less than 300 female students taking Computing

A-Level in the whole of the UK each year. Similar problems

have been observed in the USA and other countries, despite

the increased need for computer science skills caused by IT

growth in industry and society. In the UK, the Computing

At School (CAS) group was formed to try to improve the

state of computer science in schools. Using a combination

of grassroots teacher activities and policy lobbying at a national level, CAS has been able to rapidly gain traction in

the ?ght for computer science in schools. We examine the

reasons for this success, the challenges and dangers that lie

ahead, and suggest how the experience of CAS in the UK

can bene?t other similar organisations, such as the CSTA in

the USA.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Computer Science Education; High School; Teachers
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Neil Brown
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:11 UTC
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