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    PACT: An initiative to introduce computational thinking to second-level education in Ireland

    Mooney, Aidan and Duffin, Joe and Naughton, Thomas J. and Monahan, Rosemary and Power, James F. and Maguire, Phil (2014) PACT: An initiative to introduce computational thinking to second-level education in Ireland. In: International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy 2014 (ICEP), 5th December 2014, Athlone Institute of Technology.

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    PACT (Programming ∧ Algorithms ⇒ Computational Thinking) is a partnership between researchers in the Department of Computer Science at Maynooth University and teachers at selected post-primary schools around Ireland. Starting in September 2013, seven Irish secondary schools took part in a pilot study, delivering material prepared by the PACT team to Transition Year students. Three areas of Computer Science were identified as being key to delivering a successful course in computational thinking, namely, programming, algorithms and computability. An overview of the PACT module is provided, as well as analysis of the feedback obtained from students and teachers involved in delivering the initial pilot.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Computational Thinking; Transition Year; Computer Programming; Algorithms; Computability;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 5880
    Depositing User: Aidan Mooney
    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 16:35
    Refereed: No
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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