Meeting the need for computing teachers in Australia

September 14, 2016 at 7:55 am 1 comment

ICER 2016 was just held in Melbourne, Australia, so I found the article linked at the bottom (and from which these images come from) particularly relevant and interesting.

Australia is facing a boom in primary school students, which creates additional demand for teachers.  As has been mentioned here previously, there is a shortage of teachers.  The shortage isn’t distributed across fields.  In particular, over 30% of computing teachers in Australia are teaching without qualification (see image below).  When considering other shortages (e.g., declining number of computing teachers in Scotland, as described in the last post), it’s clear that the pipeline of CS teachers is going to be an impediment to CS for all.

But an influx of new students isn’t the only problem our school system needs to address.Shortages in specific subject areas mean that many students are being taught by teachers working outside of their qualifications.

Source: What will school education look like by 2020?

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  • 1. September 16 2016 edition | Level Up Report  |  September 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    […] and the number of new teachers entering the profession in general is down 67% from 2006. In Australia, there is also a general shortage of teachers, but particularly in computing, where over 30% of […]

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