Wed 24th Feb 2016 – Prof Quintin Cutts

Prof Quintin Cutts – University of Glasgow

Will radical research-led change in schools CS affect you?!

Underpinned to a large extent by CS education research, the subject of computing science in Scottish schools has been going through a process of steady but significant change over the last 5 years and will continue to do so over the next 5-10 years. These changes, as well as those in other countries, will have a profound impact on our intake.

In this talk, I will discuss three significant aspects of this change that I’ve either led or am associated with, particularly focussing on the research-led aspect:
– revising the national SQA qualifications
– setting up a nationwide professional development network for CS teachers, involving training lead teachers, setting up local teacher hubs and based around a research-led pedagogical framework
– transforming the mandatory CS education stage – ages 3-15

We’ll then explore whether we in HE are ready for the changed intake and how we could respond.

Quintin Cutts, Professor of Computer Science Education at the University of Glasgow, has researched and practised programming education for 20 years, involved in UK, US and Australasian projects. He has explored many instructional designs, endeavouring to maximise the value of face-to-face teaching using technology and peer-based learning, as well as incorporating and researching attitudes to learning into his teaching. More recently, he has been applying a range of CS education research, including his own, to the improvement of Scottish schools provision of computing science.

School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Conference Room N117, 13:00 – 14:00.

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