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Educating future coders with a holistic ICT curriculum and new learning solutions

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, IMCIC 2016 and 7th International Conference on Society and Information Technologies, ICSIT 2016
PublisherIIIS
Pages132-136
Number of pages5
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9781941763384
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics
Period1/01/00 → …

Abstract

Technology-orientation and coding are gaining momentum in Finnish curriculum planning for primary and secondary school. However, according to the existing plans, the scope of ICT teaching is limited to practical topics, e.g., how to drill basic control structures (if-then-else, for, while) without focusing on the high level epistemological view of ICT. This paper proposes some key extensions to such plans, targeted to highlight rather the epistemological factors of teaching than talk about concrete means of strengthening the craftsmanship of coding. The proposed approach stems from the qualitative data collected by interviewing ICT professionals (N=7, 4 males, 3 females), who have gained experience of the industry needs while working as ICT professionals (avg=11.3 y, s=3.9 y). This work illustrates a holistic model of ICT teaching as well as suggests a set of new methods and tools.

Keywords

  • Concept maps, Holistic ICT model, ICT curriculum, Modelling, Teaching ICT in primary and secondary school

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland