Miss Jane Waite
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgRoom Number: Peter Landin, CS 300
Communicating and Teaching Computing: the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (Undergraduate)
Students will typically begin by observing the teacher's handling of the class and progress from this classroom assistant stage through small teaching tasks to at least one opportunity to undertake whole class teaching, possibly for a short part of a lesson. They will represent and promote computing and related subjects more generally as a potential university choice. Students will undertake and evaluate a special project on the basis of discussion with the teacher. This may involve a specific in-class teaching problem or an extra-curricular project such as a lunchtime club or special coaching periods for higher ability pupils. The student will keep a journal of their own progress in working in the classroom environment, and they will be asked to submit a reflective written report on the special project and other relevant aspects of the school placement experience. This format is standard within the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (www.uas.ac.uk).
Research Interests:My research interests are based around Education, Computational Thinking and Programming. I am particularly interested in understanding what 'abstraction' means, how we already teach it, how this might change to improve young children's skills in this area and what progression looks like.
Waite, J. et al., 2016. Abstraction and common classroom activities. In Proceedings of the 11th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education. ACM, pp. 112?113.