Dr Sue Sentance
Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3117
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 3182
My research is around teacher professional development in Computing, physical computing in school, and developing pedagogical content knowledge in Computing. In a context of rapid curriculum change in the subject of Computing, much research is needed to identify how to both support teachers who are new to the subject and to develop a better understanding of pedagogical content knowledge. I have been working on the development of a holistic model that draws on research in teacher professional development and can be used in the context of computer science. Also, with a growing interest in physical computing, there is a need to focus on the pedagogy on teaching with devices and identify learning as well as motivational opportunities. Recent projects I have been involved with recently include the BBC Micro:bit project, the TICE project and Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer. I am a board member of Computing At School and on the advisory group for the Royal Society Computing Education project.
I am a member of the following ECS research group:
I teach on the PGCE Computer Science and MA Education, particularly with responsibility for the Computing in Education module. Previously, I was the subject lead for the PGCE in ICT at Anglia Ruskin University (2010-2013) and prior to that taught Computing and ICT in secondary schools and sixth form college for 12 years. I also designed and implemented the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, now run by BCS.
I supervise MA Education and MPhil/PhD Education students. Current PhD students research areas include the identification of threshold concepts in computer programming, and I am interested in supervising students in teacher professional development in Computing, physical computing in schools, and computer science pedagogy.
King's College London and Queen Mary University of London jointly run the Computing At School Regional Centre (CAS London) - I oversee this project from a King's perspective. In this capacity we offer a range of CPD courses and events to support Computing teachers in London.
The King's Computer Science Education blog is here.
For further details, please see my Research Staff Profile.