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Session L : Coding In The Curriculum : Fad Or Foundational?, Leon Sterling Aug 2016

Session L : Coding In The Curriculum : Fad Or Foundational?, Leon Sterling

2009 - 2018 ACER Research Conferences

There has been an unprecedented push to revitalise interest in STEM education. Much of the discussion of the ’T’ in STEM education has been whether coding should be a central element of school education. This talk investigates the arguments for and against ‘coding in the curriculum.’ No sensible person thinks that teaching coding in the classroom will produce master programmers’, any more than teaching music in the school curriculum will produce master musicians. However the teaching of music can encourage some students to become musicians and the same would be true for coding. The issue is more what concepts are ...