computer science

Teachers need help teaching computer science

During Computer Science Education Week, companies and organizations are rallying to help schools connect students with coding and programming

Most teachers agree that computer science education is critical to students’ future success in the workplace, but not all teachers feel qualified to teach the subject, according to new research.

The Microsoft and YouGov survey, released in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, reveals that while 88 percent of teachers say computer science will play a pivotal role in students’ workplace success, 30 percent say they feel under-qualified to prepare students for a more digital future, and 20 percent feel overwhelmed.

Two in 10 teachers say their students aren’t taught computer science at all, and of that 20 percent, the primary reasons are: computer science isn’t a part of their school’s curriculum (60 percent), there is a lack of funding (30 percent), and it’s not a subject on which students are tested (25 percent).

Fifty percent of parents in a previous survey say they believe that among certain skills, coding and computer programming is the most beneficial to their child’s future employability.

Teachers say computer science education reaches beyond coding and can help students build important skills. Thirty-eight percent say it helps students with problem solving, and 31 percent say it can help students build logic and reasoning skills.

Teachers also see the act of coding as being a great way their students can learn skills that aren’t traditionally associated with the topic: 83 percent of teachers believe coding can build students’ creativity.

Laura Ascione

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