How can we measure computing education around the world?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation hosts regular online seminars focusing on current computing education research topics, featuring presentations from researchers from around the world. The seminars showcase some of the latest work in the field of computing education research. Recently, work undertaken by CSER Researchers was presented as part of this series.

Last year, CSER Researchers, Prof Katrina Falkner and Dr Rebecca Vivian, Co-Led an International Research Working Group investigating how to measure K-12 Computing Education around the world. As the discipline of K-12 computer science (CS) education evolves, international comparisons of curriculum and teaching provide valuable information for policymakers and educators. The Working Group undertook a process of developing a survey instrument (called METRECC) and collecting pilot data from several countries.

Dr Vivian, along with international colleagues, presented an online seminar about this work that told the story of the development of METRECC, international collaboration, ongoing outcomes and how it relates and can help you, the teacher. You can watch this presentation on-demand, below!

"METRECC Instrument: sharing and contributing to international K-12 computing curricula and experiences" (8 September 2020) presented by Dr. Monica McGill (, Dr. Keith Quille (Technological University Dublin), Dr. Rebecca Vivian (University of Adelaide) and Elizabeth Cole (University of Glasgow) for the Rasberry Pi Computing Education Research Seminars.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a number of exciting upcoming seminars on a range of topics that help advance the space of learning and teaching in computing. Although many are recorded at a very early hour for Australians, we are pleased to let you know that you can view all past seminar recordings on their website! Topics include:

  • Assessments to improve student learning in introductory CS classrooms, by Dr Shuchi Grover (USA)
  • PRIMM: encouraging talk in programming lessons, by Dr Sue Sentance (UK)
  • Unplugged computing and semantic waves, by Jane Waite (UK)
  • Gender balance in computing: what the research says, by Katharine Childs (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
  • And many more...

They provide a fantastic professional learning resource for teachers and we highly encourage you to have a look!

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