Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Pedagogical Possibilities for the History of Computing

  • Christopher LeslieEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_116


 Classroom;  Historiography;  Innovation;  Syllabus;  Teaching

The history of computing is a strikingly interdisciplinary field. It is not only that it joins two fields. What is more, the two disciplinary components, history and computing, are diverse in themselves. In addition, work in the history of technology is also conducted in an interdisciplinary manner, such as under the aegis of gender studies or science and technology studies. This provides many pedagogical opportunities for approaching history of computing in the classroom. An overview of these approaches can be garnered from professional associations and online syllabus repositories (SIGCIS 2018). Although this seems to result in a bias toward US courses in English, it does seem as if until recently this topic was most often covered in a US context.

This article begins with a review of courses offered in the history of computing. The trajectory of the field and the STS lessons points the way to future directions....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

Section editors and affiliations

  • Arthur Tatnall
    • 1
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia