Towards an innovative computer science & technology curriculum in UAE public schools system

Jamal Al-Karaki, Saad Harous, Hassan Al-Muhairi, Yousuf Alhammadi, Shadi Ayyoub, Ammar Alshabi, Hessa Alzaabi, Moza Alsalhi, Sendyya Salem, Amel Alamiri

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Abstract

The new global economy has a great potential to shift economic power on a massive level resulting in a new and growing digital divide in the world. Over the past few decades, computers have transformed both the world and the workforce in many profound ways. As a result, computer science and associated technologies now lie at the heart of smart economies worldwide. Many reports around the world state that failure to teach Computer Science and associated technologies in the Digital Age will be disastrous. This paper summarizes the recently developed comprehensive standards and performance criteria for K-12 computer science and technology education designed to strengthen computer science fluency and competency throughout primary and secondary Schools in UAE. The paper presents a comprehensive overview of the up-to-date trends in computer science education worldwide and then demonstrates the adaptation of such practices to the design of a fully customized standards document that fit UAE culture and vision regarding transformation to knowledge based economy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Subtitle of host publication"Smart Education in Smart Cities"
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages883-891
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386333
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 19 2016
Event2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 10 2016Apr 13 2016

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
Volume10-13-April-2016
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Other

Other2016 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAbu Dhabi
Period4/10/164/13/16

Keywords

  • Computer Science
  • Curriculum
  • K-12
  • knowledge based economy
  • style

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education

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