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Title: Computer programming for all : a case-study in design education
Authors: Contreras, GGJ
Siu, KWM 
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Procedia : social and behavioral sciences, May 2015, v. 182, p. 388-394
Abstract: As scientific and technological innovation has become a key component of economic growth, policies geared towards reinforcing education in these areas have become a priority. Due the exponential growth of technologies based on or relaying on software, one of the key skills identified as a basic literacy for the future is computer programming. In consequence several countries are taking steps to introduce coding in education, however, the speed at which this skill is becoming essential demands its prompt introduction at all levels. While the steps being taken in primary and secondary education are widely discussed, the extent to which computer programming has been introduced in higher education is less known; are universities addressing this demand, and if so how? Taking design education as a case study, we approach these questions by asking faculty from design schools in different countries whether their respective institutions offer any computer programming courses and in which modality. After laying down the theoretical framework for the discussion, we use a mix of qualitative interviews and questionnaires to gather information and finally discuss how the steps being taken in primary and secondary education could serve as a reference in higher education. We close by reflecting upon the implications of the information obtained to develop a work force capable of not just using technology, but creating it.
Keywords: Education
Higher education
Design education
Computer programming
New literacies
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Procedia : social and behavioral sciences 
EISSN: 1877-0428
DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.04.799
Description: 4th World Conference on Educational Technolgoy Researches (WCETR-2014), Spain, November 28-29, 2014
Rights: © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer-review under responsibility of Academic World Research and Education Center.
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