Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools: A Practical Handbook

1st Edition

William Lau

Published October 2, 2017
Reference - 196 Pages - 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138238060 - CAT# Y310348

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This book provides a step-by-step guide to teaching computing at secondary level. It offers an entire framework for planning and delivering the curriculum and shows you how to create a supportive environment for students in which all can enjoy computing. The focus throughout is on giving students the opportunity to think, program, build and create with confidence and imagination, transforming them from users to creators of technology.

In each chapter, detailed research and teaching theory is combined with resources to aid the practitioner, including case studies, planning templates and schemes of work that can be easily adapted. The book is split into three key parts: planning, delivery, and leadership and management, and covers topics such as:

  • curriculum and assessment design
  • lesson planning
  • cognitive science behind learning
  • computing pedagogy and instructional principles
  • mastery learning in computing
  • how to develop students’ computational thinking
  • supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities
  • encouraging more girls to study computing
  • actions, habits and routines of effective computing teachers
  • behaviour management and developing a strong classroom culture
  • how to support and lead members of your team.

Teaching Computing in Secondary Schools is essential reading for trainee and practising teachers, and will prove to be an invaluable resource in helping teaching professionals ensure that students acquire a wide range of computing skills which will support them in whatever career they choose.


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