Adoption of Computer Science in NZ schools (2014)
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. Computer Science and Software Engineering
In 2011, Programming and Computer Science standards were made available as part of NCEA in New Zealand high schools. Because little guidance and professional development was available initially, teachers have found it challenging to present the content effectively to their students. In response to this, several resources and professional development opportunities have been made available, including the widely used Computer Science Field Guide for Computer Science, and several programming resources specific to the new standards. In this paper we outline the deployment of the new standards and supporting material, and look at the uptake of the new standards over the first three years that they were phased in. This reveals increasing participation at schools, and higher enrolments at university as a flow-on effect. The introduction of Computer Science has also helped to address perception and stereotypes about the industry, with high achievement by female students, although participation rates are not ideal.
CitationBell, T., Newton, H., Duncan, C., Jarman, S. (2014) Adoption of Computer Science in NZ schools. Auckland, New Zealand: Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 2014 (CSANZ), 8-10 Oct 2014.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research13 - Education::1302 - Curriculum and Pedagogy::130212 - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
39 - Education::3903 - Education systems::390306 - Secondary education
08 - Information and Computing Sciences::0899 - Other Information and Computing Sciences::089999 - Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
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