Exploring Teacher Reactions Towards a 21St Century Teaching and Learning Approach to Continuing Professional Development Programme in Computer Science

Lorraine Fisher, Jake Rowan Byrne, Brendan Tangney


Bridge21 is a particular model of 21st Century teaching and learning and this paper describes a pilot study to evaluate its use for teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Computer Science (CS). The CPD programme covered a range of introductory Computer Science topics including; Computational Thinking, Scratch, Raspberry Pi Input/Outputs and Python. The researchers combined training programme evaluation theory (Kirkpatrick, 1994) with ethnographic methods (Fetterman, 1987) to analyze qualitative and quantitative data gathered from 110 in-service teachers whom attended 9 CS CPD workshops. The Kirkpatrick framework was used as a taxonomy against which to code data relating to (a) teachers reactions towards the CS CPD programme and (b) intentions towards use of the Bridge21 model for supporting CS classroom delivery. A combination of coding procedures generated four themes that address two research questions. Question one explored to what extent the 21st Century learning model proved effective for CS CPD programme delivery, while question two explored the extent to which teachers intended to use the learning model for delivery of CS topics in the classroom. Findings indicate that teachers’ initial reactions towards the programme were positive and that teachers intend to use the model for their CS delivery.


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Fisher L., Rowan Byrne J. and Tangney B. (2015). Exploring Teacher Reactions Towards a 21St Century Teaching and Learning Approach to Continuing Professional Development Programme in Computer Science . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-108-3, pages 353-362. DOI: 10.5220/0005432603530362

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author={Lorraine Fisher and Jake Rowan Byrne and Brendan Tangney},
title={Exploring Teacher Reactions Towards a 21St Century Teaching and Learning Approach to Continuing Professional Development Programme in Computer Science},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Exploring Teacher Reactions Towards a 21St Century Teaching and Learning Approach to Continuing Professional Development Programme in Computer Science
SN - 978-989-758-108-3
AU - Fisher L.
AU - Rowan Byrne J.
AU - Tangney B.
PY - 2015
SP - 353
EP - 362
DO - 10.5220/0005432603530362