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Date: 6 March 2015 19:04:34 GMT
From: Kate Howland <<>>
To: Ben du Boulay <<>>
Subject: CFP: Every Child a Coder? An IDC'15 Workshop

Dear Ben,

Please could you forward this CFP on to any contacts who you think may be 
interested in our Interaction Design and Children 
2015<> workshop - Every Child a Coder? Research 
Challenges for a 5-18 Programming Curriculum<>




Call for Participation:
The current drive in many countries to teach computing to all from an early age 
has potential to empower and support children in creative and problem-solving 
tasks. However, there are a number of challenges in ensuring that computing 
curricula, tools and environments embody appropriate progression and engender 
motivation for the topic across the school years. This workshop will consider 
the key research challenges in learning coding throughout childhood.

We seek position papers from designers of programming environments for 
children, developmental psychologists, educational researchers and 
practitioners, and others with interests in this area, which address key 
questions such as:

  *   What, if any, are the precursors to computer science skills and 
understanding and how can we foster them?
  *   Can we draw on knowledge from other subject areas (such as mathematics) 
where conceptual pathways seem more clearly understood?
  *   How can we ensure that foundational concepts are refined and deepened 
over time (e.g. similar to Bruner’s spiral curriculum).
  *   What is the relationship between programming and computational thinking, 
and are there any trade-offs regarding which should be the primary educational 
  *   How can we design programming tools and curricula that are 
developmentally appropriate and foster motivation throughout childhood?

Workshop activities:

  *   Position papers and discussion
  *   Hands on overview of current tools (during breaks)
  *   Road map activity: participants work in groups to draw a road map of the 
developmental stages in computational thinking, based on developmental theory 
from psychology, mathematics education and empirical work in computer science 
  *   Whole group plenary: discussion and identification of gaps in knowledge 
and research in the field.

Expected outcomes:
After the workshop, the organisers will work with participants to develop the 
road map, and key areas for further research, into a paper for the 
International Journal of Child Computer Interaction.


  *   Submission deadline: March 30th 2015
  *   Notification of Acceptance: April 13th 2015
  *   Workshop: June 21st 2015

The workshop will take place at the IDC’15<> 
conference at Tufts University, Boston, MA

The workshop website is at:

Submission instructions:
Position papers should be a maximum of 4 pages in SIGCHI Extended Abstract 
 and should be emailed as a PDF file to:<>
We are happy to accommodate school teachers and industry professionals who wish 
to attend the workshop, but do not want to submit a position paper. Anyone in 
this position should send an email to the above address explaining why you 
would like to attend, what you hope to get from the workshop, and what you hope 
to contribute.

Kate Howland
Lecturer in Interaction Design
Interactive Systems Research Group
Department of Informatics
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ

Tel: 01273 877218

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