Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Value of Teaching Computer Science

  • Mary E. WebbEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_8


Computer Science is the academic discipline that underlies all developments in Information Technology. A succinct but fairly comprehensive definition of Computer Science that reflects current understanding is “The scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications and the systematic study of the feasibility, structure, expression, and mechanization of the methodical procedures (or algorithms) that underlie the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to information” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science). In recent years, reports from various countries have revisited the importance of all students learning Computer Science throughout compulsory education, following concerns about Computer Science being neglected in school curricula (Joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Working Group on Informatics Education 2013; The Royal Society 2012; Wilson et al. 2010). These reports emphasized the serious...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sigrid Schubert
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty IV: Science and TechnologyUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany