Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Teach Computer Science

Models, Practices, and Policies

Edited by:
Chrystalla Mouza, University of Delaware
Aman Yadav, Michigan State University
Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Indiana University

A volume in the series: Research, Innovation & Methods in Educational Technology. Editor(s): Chrystalla Mouza, University of Delaware. Nancy C. Lavigne, University of Delaware.

Published 2021

Computer science has emerged as a key driver of innovation in the 21st century. Yet preparing teachers to teach computer science or integrate computer science content into K-12 curricula remains an enormous challenge. Recent policy reports have suggested the need to prepare future teachers to teach computer science through pre-service teacher education programs. In order to prepare a generation of teachers who are capable of delivering computer science to students, however, the field must identify research-based examples, pedagogical strategies, and policies that can facilitate changes in teacher knowledge and practices.

The purpose of this book is to provide examples that could help guide the design and delivery of effective teacher preparation on the teaching of computer science.

This book identifies promising pathways, pedagogical strategies, and policies that will help teacher education faculty and pre-service teachers infuse computer science content into their curricula as well as teach stand-alone computing courses. Specifically, the book focuses on pedagogical practices for developing and assessing pre-service teacher knowledge of computer science, course design models for pre-service teachers, and discussion of policies that can support the teaching of computer science. The primary audience of the book is students and faculty in educational technology, educational or cognitive psychology, learning theory, teacher education, curriculum and instruction, computer science, instructional systems, and learning sciences.

Dedication. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Teach Computer Science, Chrystalla Mouza, Aman Yadav, and Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich. PART I: PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES FOR DEVELOPING AND ASSESSING PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE. Active Learning Techniques for Computing Education, Cazembe Kennedy, Eileen T. Kraemer, and Lisa C. Benson. Pre-Service Teachers’ Beliefs, Confidence, and Interest in Computer Science Education, Jung Won Hur. Exploring Factors That Influence Preservice Teacher Integration of Educational Robotics and Programming in Educational Practice, Nikleia Eteokleous and Raphaela Neophytou. Eliciting Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Computer Science Teaching, Aleata Hubbard and Yvonne Kao. PART II: COURSE DESIGN MODELS FOR PREPARING PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS TO TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE. Creating Change Agents: A Teacher Preparation Model That Prepares All Teachers to Facilitate Computer Science Concepts, Chery Lucarelli, Jill Long, Jennifer Rosato, Christa Treichel, & Heather Benedict. Teaching Teachers: A Computer Science Methods Course, Michelle Friend. Redesigning Educational Technology Coursework to Foster Pre-Service Teacher Learning of Computational Thinking in Content Area Instruction, Hui Yang and Chrystalla Mouza. Preparing Secondary Education Mathematics Teacher Candidates for AP Computer Science Principles: A Two-Course Design Model, Rebecca Odom-Bartel, Jeremy Zelkowski, and Jeff Gray. PART III: UNIVERSITY AND STATE POLICIES FOR PREPARING PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS TO TEACH COMPUTER SCIENCE. Using a Coaching Model to Support Computer Science Professional Development for Education Faculty Jennifer Rosato, Heather Benedict, Chery Lucarelli, Jill Long, and Christa Treichel. Building and Expanding the Capacity of Schools of Education to Prepare and Support Teachers to Teach Computer Science, Aman Yadav, Leigh Ann Delyser, Yasmin Kafai, Mark Guzdial, and Joanna Goode. Understanding K–12 Computer Science Education at the State Level, Jeffrey Xavier, Rebecca Zarch, Sarah T. Dunton, Anne T. Ottenbreit-Leftwich, and Michael Karlin. Teacher-Focused Policies to Broaden Participation in K–12 Computer Science Education in the United States, Megean Garvin, Katie A. Hendrickson, Sarah T. Dunton, Jennifer Zinth, and Lynn T. Goldsmith. Author/Editor Biographies.