Matched to the new 2014 computing curriculum for KS1+
Only guide available to combine ICT pedagogy and practice
Perfect for starting children off to computing technology
User-friendly and completely accessible text
This book will show practitioners how they can cover the foundation stage curriculum for ICT and prepare the children for the new computing curriculum for KS1+.
The text will provide pedagogical clarity and show schools and preschools what it is that they need to be doing to demonstrate outstanding practice.
Computational thinking will also be extended beyond the use of computers, and its relevance to supporting the child's wider cognitive development and learning will be emphasised. Preschool educators have in fact been pioneers in this area. The 'Computational Thinking' curriculum began in preschools, and was included through the programming of robotic toys and floor turtles in the very first Foundation Stage guidance in 2000.
The text will identify the very solid research evidence that supports this educational initiative and provide tools and advice on how to set curriculum development targets and how to evaluate progress.
The book also counters gender inequality - providing a more accessible and motivating approach to ICT for girls.
About the authors
Dr Hui-Yun Sung is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Science, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
John Siraj-Blatchford is an honorary Professor at the University of Swansea. He is an independent consultant and widely recognised worldwide.
Dr Natalia Kucirkova FHEA is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology.