If you are in one of the following groups then we’re asking you to fill in a 10-15 minute survey on SurveyMonkey to help us find out how teachers engage with research and universities to support computing education (note that the website says ’82 questions’ – that’s not quite right as you’ll only answer a selection of them). The end result of this survey will be a landscape report.
- teachers in schools and informal settings of pupils aged 4 to 18 years old who teach computing
- resource developers who make computing lesson resources for pupils aged 4 to 18 years old
- professional development creators and delivery groups for computing teachers who teach pupils aged 4 to 18 years old
- primary initial teacher training staff including those working in schools and universities
- secondary computing initial teacher training staff including those working in schools and universities
- computer science university staff who run undergraduate modules which include school placements (such as Student Ambassadors)
- outreach university staff who run computing outreach for students or teachers (such as Lego League, Isaac Computing events)
- researchers undertaking computing education research
We are particularly interested in UK views but happy to hear from people elsewhere and there’s an option to indicate your location.
Below is a copy of the ‘blurb’ that’s on SurveyMonkey (it also includes the bullet points above), or you can download it as a PDF.
Computing education – teacher and university engagement
About our survey
This study will help us better understand how teachers engage with research and universities to support computing education. The results of this survey will be used to improve school and university engagement. We are going to write a landscape report based on this survey, with concrete recommendations. The report will be freely available on the Computing At School & the Council and Heads of Computing websites.
When completing the survey you do so for one role, each role has 10 to 15 questions. If you have more than one role you can complete the survey more than once. Participants from all countries are welcome, but our main focus is on the landscape of engagement in the United Kingdom.
Please read the following information carefully before you decide to take part; this will tell you why the research is being done and what you will be asked to do if you take part. Please ask if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
This survey is being conducted by a Queen Mary University of London, Computing At School Research and Universities Working Group (CAS is part of the BCS, Chartered Institute of IT), the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing Outreach Review Group, the National Centre for Computing Education Raspberry Pi Research team and Institute of Coding.
If you would like to take part, we would be very grateful, but you should only take part if you want to – it is entirely up to you. If you choose not to take part, there won’t be any disadvantages for you, and you will hear no more about it. You are free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.
All data will be anonymised, meaning that individuals cannot be identified from the data gathered and evidence presented. The personal data that we will hold for you, should you elect to share it with us, such as gender and age, will be anonymised and used for reporting only. For example, we might report that the same number of males and females took part in the survey. Data will be retained for ten years in line with the QMUL Data retention policy for primary research data. Data will be stored in password-protected files in accordance with Queen Mary data regulations. For further important information about your personal data and your rights in this respect, please read Queen Mary’s privacy notice for research participants held at http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/media/arcs/policyzone/Privacy-Notice-for-Research-Participants.pdf
Please email the principal researcher Jane Waite (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any more information. The ethics number for this study is QMREC2419a