Computing in Children’s Early Years

Research areas 
Children & Technology
Research team 

Dr Andrew Manches (PI)

Professor Claire O’Malley (Co-I)

Dr Marina Ng (Workshop Coordinator) 

Key contact 
Funding 

This project is funded by the Economic Social Research Council Impact Accelerator for initiatives targeted at the Global Challenges Research Fund. 

Dates 
01 Aug 201631 Oct 2016

This project will deliver a workshop In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to exchange knowledge and develop links between the UK and SE Asia in early years' computing education.

 

Workshop participants (limited spaces only) are those interested in developing young children’s (3-8 years) thinking and skills in computing, and will be a mix of educators, policy makers and academics with a shared interest in early computing education. Most participants will be from different regions of Malaysia, with guests from neighbouring SE Asia countries and the UK.

 

The World Bank identifies the increasing gap between countries benefitting economically and socially from digital expansion, identifying digital education as key. Whilst many developing nations have improved infrastructure, the OECD identifies the need for pedagogical expertise, which is evident in national policy documents, and emphasise inclusion challenges with different groups. Improving Computing Education is therefore essential if we want to help children understand their rapidly changing world and prepare them for jobs of the future. To have the most impact, and help provide all children with opportunities to learn, we should start at the youngest age.

 

Further information including links for early computing resources will be added on this page before and after the workshop.