I was delighted last November to be asked to write this Research Paper on Computational Thinking for the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and now it is out.
I couldn’t do it on my own, so I invited a team of colleagues and friends in the Computational Thinking for Life group at Trinity College Dublin to help:
- Nina Bresnihan, who had been conducting literature review on this for her PhD;
- Dermot Walsh who had been looking at professional development in his PhD as well as being an innovative primary practitioner and
- Joy Hooper, formerly working to advise both New Zealand and the UK on technology enhanced learning and also an experienced primary practitioner.
We were advised by friends and colleagues Stephen Powell and Glenn Strong and also consulted with Jane Waite, Dave Smith and Amanda Jackson – key players in the UK’s efforts to bring computing to the Primary level. I felt pleased to have such an experienced, knowledgeable and willing bunch to call on.
As well as benefiting from their collective wisdom, the result is a chance to exercise ideas I have been developing since completing my PhD in 2013, but material from the PhD also gets an airing. I hope it is helpful.