This paper describes and evaluates aspects of a professional development programme for existing CS teachers in secondary schools (PLAN C) which was designed to support teachers at a time of substantial curricular change. The paper’s particular focus is on the formation of a teacher professional development network across several hundred teachers and a wide geographical area. Evidence from a series of observations and teacher surveys over a two-year period is analysed with respect to the project’s programme theory in order to illustrate not only whether it worked as intended, by why. Results indicate that the PLAN C design has been successful in increasing teachers’ professional confidence and appears to have catalysed powerful change in attitudes to learning. Presentation of challenging pedagogical content knowledge and conceptual frameworks, high-quality teacher-led professional dialogue, along with the space for reflection and classroom trials, triggered examination of the teachers’ own current practices.
- computer science education
- teacher education
- professional learning
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- Moray House School of Education and Sport - Chair in Digital Learning
- Centre for Research in Digital Education
- Institute for Education, Teaching & Leadership
- School of Informatics - Chair in Digital Learning-2
- Institute of Language, Cognition and Computation
- Language, Interaction and Robotics
- Childhood & Youth
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