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Computer science teachers perspectives on competencies: A case study in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science. (UpCERG)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. (UpCERG)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science. (UpCERG)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0513-9338
2018 (English)In: Informatics in Schools. Fundamentals of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Springer, 2018, p. 129-140Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has recently adopted the Saudi Teaching Competencies Standard (STCS). This paper tries to answer how these competencies are achieved, how they are maintained, and what support exists to support teaching CS competently in the KSA. This paper presents the results of an investigation of teacher awareness of, and attitudes to, the STCS in the Kingdom. Through the study reported here, we address an urgent need in the Kingdom to understand teacher preparedness in terms of CS teaching competencies. The study draws on interviews with ten CS teachers in five different cities in the KSA. A thematic coding analysis approach was used. This study explores the CS teaching competencies held by teachers in three areas of CS teaching, focusing on connection to society, professional practice and professional development. The results of the study highlight the CS teaching competencies that CS teachers feel they currently grasp well in the KSA. By enhancing awareness of what teachers currently do well we contribute to the adjustment and improvement of the STCS and help to build a program which addresses the current in-service training needs of CS teachers. The outcomes also help to raise awareness of the challenges of implementing the Computer Education curriculum in KSA schools.

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Springer, 2018. p. 129-140
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Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; 11169
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Computer Sciences Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-363118DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02750-6_10ISI: 000495445600010ISBN: 978-3-030-02749-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-363118DiVA, id: diva2:1255412
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ISSEP 2018, October 10–12, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Available from: 2018-10-11 Created: 2018-10-12 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved

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