PACT: An initiative to introduce computational thinking to second-level education in Ireland


Mooney, Aidan and Duffin, Joe and Naughton, Thomas J. and Monahan, Rosemary and Power, James F. and Maguire, Phil (2014) PACT: An initiative to introduce computational thinking to second-level education in Ireland. In: International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy 2014 (ICEP), 5th December 2014, Athlone Institute of Technology.

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Abstract

PACT (Programming ∧ Algorithms ⇒ Computational Thinking) is a partnership between researchers in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University and teachers at selected post-primary schools around Ireland. Starting in September 2013, seven Irish secondary schools took part in a pilot study, delivering material prepared by the PACT team to Transition Year students. Three areas of Computer Science were identified as being key to delivering a successful course in computational thinking, namely, programming, algorithms and computability. An overview of the PACT module is provided, as well as analysis of the feedback obtained from students and teachers involved in delivering the initial pilot.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Computational Thinking; Transition Year; Computer Programming; Algorithms; Computability;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 5880
Depositing User: Aidan Mooney
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 16:35
Refereed: No
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