To what extent is programming impacting on teacher’s behavioural attitude in primary schools?
Grzymala, Adrian Tomasz
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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“Computers are now part of everyday life” (Berry, 2013). Computer Science is increasingly becoming a part of our lives that has a great impact on most businesses and also education. Computer programming outlines the importance of ‘Computational Thinking’ that is being used in every aspect of our day-to-day living. This dissertation project strive to define the evolutionary change that took place in September 2014. Computing has been introduced to the curriculum across primary schools in UK. The aim of this research paper is to signify the behavioural aspects of teachers teaching computing as well as the changes that occurred in relation to teaching the particular subject. In regards to the research methods, the research project involves primary and secondary data. Through the primary research, Semi-Structured interviews has been constructed to support the qualitative approach of obtaining data. Additionally, there are 3 teachers from Glan Usk School that will provide this research with valuable data regarding the issues they face when teaching programming. Secondary research consists of literature review that is used to support the primary research findings. There are four main aspects of this project that have been covered. Firstly, a section covering the most important characteristics within the Computing Curriculum. Secondly, an explanation of what Computational Thinking is and how teachers and pupils will benefit from it. Finally, the main programming software used within the chosen primary school will be outlined in great detail, following by the investigation of teacher resources. To summarise, the set aims and objectives were fully met and satisfied the research question. The main findings have shown that most teachers enjoy teaching programming, without any behavioural changes and positively accepted the change in the national curriculum. However, the minor majority of teachers have experienced change in their behavioural attitude that resulted in great increase of stress.
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