The UNF project — Teachers Enhancing Computational Thinking (TECt): Preparing Northeast Florida's Secondary Teachers to Foster Computational Thinking in Computer Science — builds on current collaborative initiatives to prepare high school teachers to teach computer science (CS) courses through professional development (PD) and coursework leading to state certification in CS. TECt engages multiple partners from UNF, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), and the Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub, along with CS teachers and experts in education, CS and business in addressing the gap in the availability and access to CS courses.
The ultimate goal of the TECt program is two-fold:
- To improve the quality of and access to computer science instruction for high-need students; and
- To develop a curriculum that provides a rich instructional basis that will prepare and support teachers to teach rigorous computer science courses to high school students.
The TECt logic model is built on the following principles:
- Foster computational thinking as a means to deeper understanding of computer science (Wing, 2006).
- Develop understanding of computer science content, general pedagogy, and pedagogical content knowledge (Magnusson, Krajcik, Borko, 1999).
- Conduct ongoing professional development experiences that are iterative, build relationships, and foster teacher reflection and growth.
For more information about the TECt Project, contact Dr. Brian Zoellner, Associate
Professor, Secondary Science Education, UNF College of Education and Human
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