Readiness of Japanese Elementary School Teachers to Begin Computer-Programming Education

Yutaro Ohashi, Fumihiro Kumeno, Hidemi Yamachi, Yasuhiro Tsujimura

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Abstract

'Programming education' will be compulsory in Japanese elementary schools beginning in 2020. However, implementation barriers include underusing information and communication technology (ICT) and overextended teachers. Here, we analyzed the current status of programming education in elementary schools and evaluated teachers' opinions on the subject. Information was collected by in-person questionnaires from in-service teachers at eight schools. The results showed that teachers generally underuse computers in teaching, which defeats the purpose of requiring programming education. Moreover, many teachers lack programming experience and are not experienced or confident in teaching programming, which could impede the implementation of programming education by the target date. These findings emphasize the need for teacher training to prepare them to provide effective programming education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
EditorsMark J.W. Lee, Sasha Nikolic, Gary K.W. Wong, Jun Shen, Montserrat Ros, Leon C. U. Lei, Neelakantam Venkatarayalu
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages807-810
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 16
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018 - Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 2018 Dec 42018 Dec 7

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018

Conference

Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period18/12/418/12/7

Keywords

  • (computer-)programming education
  • informatics education
  • mixed methods
  • service learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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