Celia Hoyles, Programming and Mathematics: Insights from research in England

In England, computing (including a sizeable component of programming) is compulsory for all students from age 6 to 16 years old. In this talk, I will describe the ScratchMaths research project that developed a 2-year curriculum for 9-11year olds in England aligned to the mandatory national computing and national mathematics primary curricula. ScratchMaths set out to support the teaching of carefully selected core ideas of computer programming alongside specific fundamental mathematical concepts.  

I will present the research challenges facing this project, the findings from its external evaluation and the next steps that are in process.