The Provision of Computer Science in Upper Second Level Education Internationally

Presented by: Neil Keane & Anna Walshe

The session will share with attendees the main findings of research conducted into the international provision of Computer Science courses at upper second level. The research commissioned by the NCCA, was conducted by researchers from the Irish Software Research Centre, the National Centre for STEM UL, and the Third Level Computing Forum. A key message of the session is that while challenges exist to introducing Computer Science into Irish secondary schools, Ireland is well positioned to learn from the international experience, avoiding the many pitfalls while securing valuable lessons learnt.

Presenter Biography:

Neil Keane is a researcher with The Irish Software Research Centre, with research interests in Computer Science Education and Information Systems Management. He lectures part time in NUI Galway delivering computing modules at under and post graduate level for the discipline of Business Information systems, and online for Adult Education / Information Technology. He is interested in computing across all levels of education, helping to mentor and organise his local Coder Dojo club for the past four years.

Anna Walsh is an educational officer with the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).