Teachers’ Perceptions of First-Year Implementation of Computer Science Curriculum in Middle School: How We Can Support CS Initiatives

Suhkyung Shin, Jongpil Cheon, Sungwon Shin

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Abstract

Incorporating computer science (CS) into K–12 education has been highlighted in recent years as an important way to promote computational thinking skills. The aim of this study was to investigate teachers’ experiences with a new CS curriculum and address challenges to teachers during implementation. This study was designed to evaluate CS curriculum implementation in order to inform CS practices. Interview and survey data were collected and analyzed. Findings showed that teachers had high confidence in teaching CS; however, they sought professional development to acquire content knowledge and instructional strategies to effectively engage students in learning. As for the curriculum and students, the scope of the curriculum needed to be adjusted along with students’ prerequisite skills and knowledge. As for the context, some schools did not have appropriate facilities. Recommendations for implementing CS curricula and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-124
Number of pages27
JournalComputers in the Schools
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • coding education
  • computer science
  • computer science curriculum
  • curriculum evaluation

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