New project will improve the integration of programming in primary school
With a grant of approx. DKK 5.5 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the new interdisciplinary Center for Digital Education in collaboration with Aarhus University and EduLab will improve the understanding of how math teachers can create synergies between programming, computational thinking and mathematical digital competencies in primary school.
In the 21st century, being a digital consumer is not enough. The ability to program and be a digital creator is a crucial feature for children and young people. Denmark and many other countries are already implementing PCT (Programming and Computational Thinking) in primary school to prepare students for a reality where computational and data-driven methods are paramount.
The new project aims to create a better understanding of the relationship between mathematics education and PCT and, on this basis, develop resources, solutions and organisational strategies on how to implement PCT in Danish primary schools in the best way.
In the new project, the implementation of PCT in Denmark will be compared with Sweden and the UK and these insights will be combined with design experiments aimed at developing teaching activities. Finally, a digital platform will be developed that contains resources to support both mathematics education and math teachers' competence development.
Facts about the project
- The project starts on 1 January 2020 and runs through 2023.
- The project is led by Professor Morten Misfeldt, Center for Digital Education, University of Copenhagen.
- The project is a collaboration between the Center for Digital Education at the University of Copenhagen, The Danish School of Education at the University of Aarhus (DPU) and EduLab.
Press release from Novo Nordisk Foundation (only in Danish): Matematikken kommer i spil med nye projekter i hele landet
Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education is a new interdisciplinary center between the Department of Science Education and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen established in the fall of 2019 headed by Professor Morten Misfeldt.
In January 2020, the center invites you to an official opening as well as Morten Misfeldt's professor inaugural lecture.
Computational Thinking goes beyond just programming and puts it into a larger context focusing on problem solving and being able to analyze and find solutions with IT.