ERIC Number: EJ695762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Reference Count: 9
A New K-12 Computer Science Curriculum
Tucker, Allen B.
Learning & Leading with Technology, v31 n7 p16-20 Apr 2004
Although there are numerous challenges for implementing a comprehensive K-12 computer science curriculum in the United States, the need is obvious, and the time to begin is now. Computer science is a well-established academic discipline at the collegiate and postgraduate levels, as well as a distinct and important profession in the world economy. Unfortunately, the integration of computer science concepts into the K-12 curriculum has not kept pace in the United States. As a result, the public is not as well educated about computer science as it should be, and the current shortage of information technology workers at all levels threatens to continue in the future. This article discusses: Why It's Needed; The Proposed Model; Challenges; Teacher Preparation; State-Level Content Standards; Curriculum Development; and Sustainability. It concludes that much work needs to be done to translate this model into teaching and laboratory materials that are pedagogically viable and widely accessible. Corporations, foundations, and other external sources should support this effort by providing incentives that will enable such a curriculum development effort to succeed.
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Science Curriculum, Discipline, Computer Science, Information Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States