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Royal Society report on computing in schools

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by madcat, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. madcat

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  2. madcat

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  3. 6. Uptake of Computing A-level is hindered by lack of demand from higher education institutions.

    Page 6. Good point, well made!
     
  4. Unfortunately, the recommendation doesn't address the issue:

    RECOMMENDATION: Awarding Organisations should consult with the UK Forum (see recommendation 11 in Chapter 2) and HE departments to develop rigorous Level 3 academic qualifications in Computer Science.
    Surely, the solution is for the universities to recognise a Computing A-level as an essential pre-requisite for Computer Science? The last thing we need is all the A-levels to be the same as AQA. I’d prefer to stick to the term ‘Computing’ up to age 18 and ‘Computer Science’ at HE.

     
  5. Leaving aside any possible short comings in existing computing specs the report quite rightly states that so long as so few students take computing a level universities will not specify it at a time of already falling student numbers.
     
  6. Agreed, and as long as Universities refuse to specify it in entry requirements, numbers at A-level will continue to fall.
     
  7. Moderately impressed after 4 pages of the executive summary.
    Like the disaggregation idea.
    But disappointed with the silly misappehennsion that we have a generation of kids 'at ease with the technology' and the lack of recognition that Computer Science is a subject with a dreadful pass rate/ distribution of grades which causes a lot of the problems here.
    Results not content is the problem.
    The suggestion that all children should have the opportunity to learn 'Computer Science' is very depressing indeed for those of us in sink schools but the idea that ICT could go cross-curricular up to 14 doesn't worry me at all.
    Really look forward to revised qualifications.
    And all of the INSET we are going to get should be truly life affirming.
    Better and more balanced than I expected.
     

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