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ERIC Number: EJ899176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Where's the C in STEM?
Heldman, Bill
Learning & Leading with Technology, v38 n1 p16-19 Aug 2010
With few exceptions, students interact with technology in one way or another every day. And yet, in most U.S. schools, the term "computer science" (CS) refers only to generic skills classes, such as keyboarding and computer applications. Even most Web programming classes usually teach students only how to use conventional graphical user interface (GUI) tools instead of HTML and CSS, perhaps because they are often led by teachers with no background in CS. Even worse, many U.S. high schools have dropped CS programs altogether. The end result of this lack of focus on CS is that most U.S. students graduate into an increasingly tech-driven world with little knowledge of how it all works or any chance of contributing to the field. In this article, the author contends that until schools bring CS out of math's backroom and give it a place of prominence as a STEM discipline (changing the acronym to SCTEM, using the same pronunciation, but with a much different meaning), the United States will produce fewer CS majors, and CS work will continue to be outsourced to those countries that do have the "C" correctly placed. The author offers a few tips to get them started. (Contains 4 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States