In England, since September 2014, school teachers have been required to teach 5 to 11 years old pupils about algorithms and how to design and write programs.
Jane Waite, at Queen Mary University of London is undertaking a PhD looking at this requirement and how teachers have responded to it. Her field of research is on the use of design in primary programming projects and how algorithms fit into the teaching of program design.
Jane is supervised by Professor Paul Curzon, Dr William Marsh at QMUL and Dr Sue Sentance from King’s College London.
So far, a number of studies have been undertaken and reported on.
We will be posting data from the studies on the Education Lab project pages.