Developing Teachers’ Computational Skills through a Systematic Professional Development Course in Malaysia


In this paper, we describe a 3-day workshop as part of a school teacher professional development course in introducing teachers to computational thinking (CT) concepts in Malaysia. The workshop emphasizes problem solving that utilizes teachers’ prior knowledge in their subject area, together with CT skills to help them understand the nature and scope of problem. A total of 54 school teachers, with the majority being non-computer science major graduates were involved in this workshop. Two survey questionnaires have been used, a pre training survey- to observe teachers’ perceptions of their knowledge and skills and a post training survey – to view the teachers’ perceptions of the training. The survey results showed that the teachers’ perceived their knowledge and skills to be poor in the pre-training survey while they commented that the workshop was satisfying in the post-training survey. This study contributes to the teachers’ professional development through the introducing of CT across many discipline subjects.

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Mashitoh Hashim, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Hew Mee Cheah, Malaysian Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC), Malaysia
Aslina Saad, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Mohd Hishamuddin Abdul Rahman, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia

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Conference: ACE2019
Stream: Professional Training

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