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Teachers’ Awards - an Incentive for Pedagogical Development in Saudi Arabia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science. (Uppsala Computer Education Research Group, UpCERG)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0513-9338
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5184-4743
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This work-in-progress paper presents a study on

how K-12 Computer Science teachers in Saudi Arabia have

changed their pedagogy as a result of engaging in one year of

professional development leading up to applying for a teacher’s

award. The results are based on thematic analysis of fourteen

interviews with teachers that have been awarded either the

’Education Excellence Award’ or the ’Microsoft Expert in Education’.

The study focuses on how preparing for and getting

the teaching award has influenced them focusing on changes

in their pedagogical development and subsequent practices. The

work provides an in-depth description of several aspects of

the Saudi Arabian teaching culture. It explores and discusses

the affordances of mechanisms used to strengthen pedagogical

competence in a teacher community, paying extra attention to

awards. This study identifies four main factors that motivate

teachers to engage in pedagogical development in teaching

Computer Science. The research suggests that awards can be an

efficient motivator in establishing a culture of excellence among

Computer Science teachers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE, 2019. , p. 6
National Category
Computer Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397189ISBN: 978-1-7281-1746-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397189DiVA, id: diva2:1370745
Conference
49th Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Cincinatti, October 16-19, 2019
Available from: 2019-11-18 Created: 2019-11-18 Last updated: 2019-11-25Bibliographically approved

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