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British Computer Society Debate

This debate was titled 'Computing/IT as a subject for 16-19 year olds: What should we be teaching? Why? How? What are the barriers to success?'
When Apr 23, 2006
Where London

From the invitation:

There is a lot of debate at the moment about the content of IT/ICT/IS/Computing for 16-19 year olds. The focus of consideration recently has been in the teaching of ICT embedded within the curriculum, followed by the importance of a choice for pupils of the subject of IT/Computing at GCSE level and then 16-19 level.

But research shows that many pupils aged 14 or so regard ICT/Computing as akin to a typing skill. Often ICT/Computing comes over as a boring subject as many teachers find it hard to keep up and to make their subject exciting. The image of a job in the profession of IT does not capture pupils’ imaginations and has little street cred. The numbers of pupils entering colleges and universities to study the subject is seriously below the nation’s requirements.

What exactly are we trying to achieve in the courses for 16-19 year olds, is the present set appropriate and what kinds of courses should they be offered? What would the universities like to see? What is E-skills UK planning to provide?

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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