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Type: Conference paper
Title: The Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum: challenge and opportunity
Author: Falkner, K.
Vivian, R.
Falkner, N.
Citation: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series, 2014, vol.148, pp.3-12
Publisher: Australian Computer Society Inc.
Issue Date: 2014
Series/Report no.: Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 148
ISBN: 9781921770319
ISSN: 1445-1336
Conference Name: 16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014) (20 Jan 2014 - 23 Jan 2014 : Auckland, New Zealand)
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Katrina Falkner, Rebecca Vivian, Nickolas Falkner
Abstract: There is a call for change in the treatment of ICT curriculum in our schools driven by the relatively recent acknowledgement of the growing importance of ICT in industry and society, and the need to empower youth as producers, as well as consumers, of technology. ICT curriculum in previous incarnations tended to focus on ICT as a tool, with the development of digital literacy as the key requirement. Areas such as computer science (CS) or computational thinking were typically isolated into senior secondary programs, with a focus on programming and algorithm development, when they were considered at all. New curricula introduced in England, and currently under debate within Australia, have identified the need to educate for both digital literacy and CS, and the need to promote both learning areas from the commencement of schooling, Foundation (F) to year 12. In this paper, we discuss the main trends and learning objectives of these new curricula, identifying key areas requiring further research and development by the CS Education community. We undertake a review of current research in CS Education within the F-12 context, to identify research that can guide effective implementation and provide opportunities for further research.
Keywords: National curriculum, computer science, informatics, education, primary school, high school
Rights: Copyright (c) 2014, Australian Computer Society, Inc. This paper appeared at the 16th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, January 2014. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology (CRPIT), Vol. 148. J. Whalley and D. D'Souza, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included.
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