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ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) - Special Issue on Computing Education in (K-12) Schools, Volume 14 Issue 2, June 2014

Editorial: Computing Education in (K-12) Schools from a Cross-National Perspective
Josh Tenenberg, Robert McCartney
Article No.: 6
DOI: 10.1145/2602481

This special issue on computing education in (K-12) schools represents considerable effort by the editorial team, authors, and reviewers. It provides a series of country-specific case studies of computing education in schools that highlights the...

Perspectives and Visions of Computer Science Education in Primary and Secondary (K-12) Schools
Peter Hubwieser, Michal Armoni, Michail N. Giannakos, Roland T. Mittermeir
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/2602482

In view of the recent developments in many countries, for example, in the USA and in the UK, it appears that computer science education (CSE) in primary or secondary schools (K-12) has reached a significant turning point, shifting its focus from...

A Tale of Two Countries: Successes and Challenges in K-12 Computer Science Education in Israel and the United States
Judith Gal-Ezer, Chris Stephenson
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/2602483

This article tells a story of K-12 computer science in two different countries. These two countries differ profoundly in culture, language, government and state structure, and in their education systems. Despite these differences, however, they...

Restart: The Resurgence of Computer Science in UK Schools
Neil C. C. Brown, Sue Sentance, Tom Crick, Simon Humphreys
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/2602484

Computer science in UK schools is undergoing a remarkable transformation. While the changes are not consistent across each of the four devolved nations of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), there are developments in each that...

A Case Study of the Introduction of Computer Science in NZ Schools
Tim Bell, Peter Andreae, Anthony Robins
Article No.: 10
DOI: 10.1145/2602485

For many years computing in New Zealand schools was focused on teaching students how to use computers, and there was little opportunity for students to learn about programming and computer science as formal subjects. In this article we...

Computer Science Education in French Secondary Schools: Historical and Didactical Perspectives
Georges-Louis Baron, Beatrice Drot-Delange, Monique Grandbastien, Françoise Tort
Article No.: 11
DOI: 10.1145/2602486

Computer science as a school subject in France is characterized by a succession of promising starts that have not yet been transformed into perennial solutions. The main goal of this article is to analyze this complex situation from a historical...

Programming in School: Look Back to Move Forward
Lennart Rolandsson, Inga-Britt Skogh
Article No.: 12
DOI: 10.1145/2602487

In this article, the development of the Swedish informatics curriculum during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s is studied and described. The study’s design is inspired by the curriculum theory presented by Lindensjö and Lundgren [2000], who...

Georgia Computes! An Intervention in a US State, with Formal and Informal Education in a Policy Context
Mark Guzdial, Barbara Ericson, Tom Mcklin, Shelly Engelman
Article No.: 13
DOI: 10.1145/2602488

Georgia Computes! (GaComputes) was a six-year (2006--2012) project to improve computing education across the state of Georgia in the United States, funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of GaComputes was to broaden...

School Subject Informatics (Computer Science) in Russia: Educational Relevant Areas
Evgeniy Khenner, Igor Semakin
Article No.: 14
DOI: 10.1145/2602489

This article deals with some aspects of studying Informatics in Russian schools. Those aspects are part of the ‘third dimension’ of the Darmstadt model (they are also projected on the other two dimensions of this model) and include...

Informatics Education in Italian Secondary Schools
Carlo Bellettini, Violetta Lonati, Dario Malchiodi, Mattia Monga, Anna Morpurgo, Mauro Torelli, Luisa Zecca
Article No.: 15
DOI: 10.1145/2602490

This article describes the state of informatics education in the Italian secondary schools, highlighting how the learning objectives set up by the Ministry of Education are difficult to meet, due to the fact that the subject is often taught by...