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Informatics in the UK: Current Perspectives

Informatics in the UK: Current Perspectives
Informatics in the UK: Current Perspectives
Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are the nearest UK equivalents of the European Informatics degree. Informatics is a term more often associated with research or multidisciplinary applications of Computing. Barely five percent of UK departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, and potential students searching the application clearing house for university undergraduate courses would not find Informatics in its subject index. However the components of European understanding of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to support mobility of study in Europe or to successfully pursue international educational collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It summarises and analyses the structure of current practice, and draws on current debate and technological trends to suggest future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term.
Computers and education, Informatics education, Computer Science Curriculum design.
12-26
White, Su
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Irons, Alastair
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McGettrick, Andrew
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White, Su
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Irons, Alastair
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McGettrick, Andrew
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White, Su and Irons, Alastair , McGettrick, Andrew (ed.) (2007) Informatics in the UK: Current Perspectives. Innovation in Teaching And Learning in Information and Computer Sciences, 6 (3), 12-26.

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Abstract

Computing, Computer Science and Information Science are the nearest UK equivalents of the European Informatics degree. Informatics is a term more often associated with research or multidisciplinary applications of Computing. Barely five percent of UK departments concerned with the discipline actually use the word Informatics in their title, and potential students searching the application clearing house for university undergraduate courses would not find Informatics in its subject index. However the components of European understanding of the Informatics discipline are widely researched, taught and studied throughout UK Higher Education. If we are to support mobility of study in Europe or to successfully pursue international educational collaboration, then understanding the realisation of the discipline in the UK and how it relates to understanding in other countries, is important and necessary to support constructive future discussion, planning and action. This paper presents data collected via surveys of existing practice, individual interviews and group discussions. It summarises and analyses the structure of current practice, and draws on current debate and technological trends to suggest future direction of our fields of study in the short and medium term.

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Published date: July 2007
Keywords: Computers and education, Informatics education, Computer Science Curriculum design.
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 264060
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264060
PURE UUID: b8955fe2-aca9-4b4a-b4ea-6aa2555ceae1
ORCID for Su White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 23 May 2007
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:53

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