Computer science in the school curriculum: Issues and challenges

Mary Webb*, Tim Bell, Niki Davis, Yaacov J. Katz, Nicholas Reynolds, Dianne P. Chambers, Maciej M. Sysło, Andrew Fluck, Margaret Cox, Charoula Angeli, Joyce Malyn‐Smith, Joke Voogt, Jason Zagami, Peter Micheuz, Yousra Chtouki, Nataša Mori

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This paper is based on analysis and discussion undertaken over several years by researchers, policymakers and practitioners from a range of countries which vary in their approaches to the curriculum for Computer Science. The discussions, undertaken predominantly within the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) and EDUsummIT communities were motivated by a need to examine the rationale, issues and challenges following some concerns across the globe about the position and nature of Computer Science in the school curriculum. We summarise our findings and focus specifically on challenges for the computer science education community in communicating, clarifying needs and promoting curriculum change in order to encourage Computer Science in the curriculum both theoretically and practically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow’s Learning
Subtitle of host publicationInvolving Everyone. Learning with and about Technologies and Computing - 11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2017, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319743097
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers and Education, WCCE 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers and Education, WCCE 2017


  • Computer science
  • Curriculum rationale
  • Informatics
  • International perspectives


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