BCS CST Part 3 - Classroom Investigation

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Reflecting on the effectiveness of different approaches to teaching their subject is a key part of any teacher's professional development.  This is particularly relevant in Computing as the computer science elements are new to the curriculum.  We have a limited, but now growing, understanding of good pedagogical approaches for teaching the Computer Science element of Computing in schools.  This is known as 'Pedagogical Content Knowledge`.

Ideas and strategies for teaching Computing will be covered in some of the CPD you attend and describe in Part 1.  For Part 3 you will need to show that you have investigated some particular aspect of the pedagogy.  You should decide on a particular approach you want to use, decide how you want to introduce it with your class(es) and then evaluate how successful this was. This is not a full-blown research project, but an introduction into the spirit of introducing classroom investigations into your teaching of Computing. You will need to observe how a particular approach is successful or not with your students and write up your reflections on this.  You will not need to collect and analyse a lot of data; if you wish to collect some data to evaluate your investigation, you should ensure you follow your school's ethical procedures in asking for appropriate permissions and ensure that everything you submit for the Certificate is completely anonymised.

When selecting the topic for your investigation, consider something that you may be teaching for the first time, or something that you would like to teach using a new approach. Alternatively, consider a topic that your learners have had difficulty picking up in the past, and investigate how a new approach to working with this topic may help them.

Here are some suggestions:

Do not be limited by these suggestions -  there will be many more interesting areas to investigate.

When you enrol on the Certificate there will be more information about carrying out your investigation and links to a range of useful resources. There are also some examples of investigations carried out by our pilot teachers.

If you are considering enrolling for the Certificate, try to think in advance what you might choose for your investigation.

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