Teachers' perceptions of the value of research-based school lectures

Jonathan Black, Paul Curzon, Chrystie Myketiak, Peter W. McOwan, Laura R. Meagher

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Abstract

A major challenge facing secondary schools is to encourage students to take computing courses. One approach is to invite external speakers from universities or industry to give lectures. The cs4fn project, a large UK-based initiative to enthuse students about computer science, includes this approach. Speakers from Queen Mary, University of London, visit schools to talk to students about computer science research. Our interactive talks tell engaging research-based stories on topics such as artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction as well as using magic tricks to illustrate computing principles. We asked teachers to complete post-talk surveys online; in particular we were interested in whether they believed students’ perceptions of the subject had changed. They reported that their students’ views of computer science were improved, and that they felt students were more likely to take classes in computing in the future as a result of the talk.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th workshop in primary and secondary computing education
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherACM
Pages145-146
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781450317870
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2012
EventProceedings of the 7th workshop in primary and secondary computing education - Hamburg, Germany, 8-9 November, 2012
Duration: 8 Nov 2012 → …

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 7th workshop in primary and secondary computing education
Period8/11/12 → …

Bibliographical note

© Jonathan Black etc al | ACM, 2012. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2481449.2481485

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