Interdisciplinary data education: Teaching primary and secondary learners how to be data citizens

Kate Farrell, Judy Robertson

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Abstract / Description of output

As the use of data science continues to permeate business and civic life, school systems must adapt to prepare young people not only for employment in data related roles, but also to be active citizens within a data society. This workshop introduces the Data Education in Schools project which is designed to educate 3-18 year old learners about data across the curriculum. We will present an interdisciplinary curriculum framework for data education, based on the PPDAC cycle for statistical literacy and adapted for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We will illustrate how values-based authentic problem solving projects related to real world data can integrate curriculum outcomes from computer science, mathematics and the social subjects. We will explain the rationale for the new Data Science qualification for school learners which is now offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Workshop attendees be invited to share information and experiences about data education from their own educational settings and act as critical friends to improve the Data Education in Schools project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781450377041
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019

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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • computer science educatio
  • school curriculum
  • data literacy


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