Share Paper: Coding for non-Computer Scientists: Pedagogies for interdisciplinary participation

  1. Georgie Tarling, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  2. Ana Melro, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  3. Judith Kleine Staarman, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  4. Taro Fujita, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Abstract: Coding is increasingly seen as a valuable subject to learn, with initiatives to promote the teaching of coding underpinned by three main rationales: employability, interdisciplinary problem solving and informed citizenship. These highlight the need for courses which teach more than just functional skills. To be meaningful, the learning of coding needs to be contextualized more holistically and focus on the development of computational thinking (CT) skills that are important for wider interdisciplinary participation. In this paper, we propose a participation focused pedagogical approach for an Institute of Coding Summer School, whose purpose is to engage non-Computer Science students in learning ...