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Computer Science funded project launched

Published: Wed 19 Feb 2014
Computer Science funded project launched

University of Bradford launches survey on Computer Science curriculum for schools and colleges, sponsored by the Yorkshire Innovation Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

Researchers from the Artificial Intelligence Research Group of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School have this week launched a survey as part of the University's very first Yorkshire Innovation Fund project, in collaboration with Webanywhere Ltd. (a locally-based expanding e-learning solutions provider) and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The research team comprises Professor Daniel Neagu, Dr Paul Trundle, and interns Rafiullah Hamedy a recent graduate from MSc Software Engineering and Lisa Eyre BSc.

The project will survey UK teachers, assessing their opinions about impending large-scale changes to the Computing curriculum. These changes will affect the way the subject is taught, as the emphasis moves from passively using computers towards actively creating computer content. Pupils will now be taught skills in computer programming and computational thinking from the age of five. Additionally, pupils will be educated in computer safety; they will be taught how to be safe on the internet and how to protect information. The subject name will also change, from Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Computing.

Researchers are interested to determine if teachers would welcome assistance in preparing for the changes. The survey also asks for preferences on what collaboration to promote Computer Science subjects for GCSE and A-levels should consider, for example training or teaching materials.

During the launch 300 schools in the Yorkshire and Humberside region have been invited to participate in an online survey that has been created specifically for this purpose. In the coming month, the project will analyse the responses and begin to develop the required assistance. Any additional interest from teachers is welcome. To participate, contact us at mailto:codeanywhere@bradford.ac.uk.

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