At WCCE 2022 a symposium with 13 contributions about "Informatics in Primary Education: Approaches, Current Issues and Lessons Learnt", organized by Ivan
Kalas, took place.
The introduction of informatics at primary level is attracting increasing attention in education systems across the world. Some countries have already embarked on this journey while others are initiating similar transformations or are beginning to explore how it can be included at this level. It is challenging process to which there are many facets and a diverse range of implementation approaches can be adopted. The complexity is also evidenced in the range of terms to describe it e.g. informatics, computing, computer science. However, for the most part, the overarching aim is to initiate compulsory and systematic development of computational thinking (CT) for all learners at primary level.
Due to this diversity and the stages of development in implementing informatics education, it is necessary and productive to share experiences, discuss
strategies, successes and challenges, and inform each other about ongoing research projects and their findings. In this symposium, we examine some recent developments in those efforts including
curricula, teachers’ professional development, informatics concepts and CT skills, related educational research activities and other topics of interest. We also share what are the issues
encountered in various countries.
Our ultimate goal is to provide some new perspectives on current challenges.
The symposium comprises of a series of thirteen short contributions arranged in three clusters, focusing on various approaches, challenges and lessons learnt.
At OCCE 2021 a symposium about
"Moving on with informatics/computer science curricula – challenges and opportunities"
with our members involved will take place.
Here are some questions and issues addressed:
Please feel free to have a look at it, thinking and reflecting about curriculum issues in your country.