Developing a Computer Science Education Community of Practice for Early-Career Academics in the UK

Tom Crick, James Davenport, Alan Hayes, Alastair Irons, Tom Prickett

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The early career of a computer science (CS) academic in the UK is increasingly challenging in terms of balancing research aspirations, learning and teaching responsibilities, wider academic service
commitments, alongside their own professional development. The quality of development for an early-career CS academic is mediated in part by the strength of the community of practice they are able
to access and engage with. And not just ones that operate within their department or institution; but also communities of practice
that exist at a national and international level, often through professional bodies, learned societies and research networks. This poster presents the emerging work-in-progress to address some of these
social, cultural and structural challenges in developing a CS education
community of practice in the UK. Building on recent work, we identify a number of specific actions and recommendations to
supplement the current formal institutional requirements with enhanced national-level academic practice support and professional
development, alongside local and regional professional mentoring.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2021
Event26th ACM Conference Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 28 Jun 20211 Jul 2021


Conference26th ACM Conference Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Abbreviated titleITiCSE '21

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