In-Service Teachers’ Attitude Towards Programming for All
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Coding instruction has increased widely throughout primary and secondary education in many countries, and educators are just beginning to understand the complexities of teaching students to code. A question raised is whether everyone should learn to code to be fully literate participants in our future society? What are the teachers’ main arguments concerning the concept of programming for all? We investigate these questions from a teacher’s perspective and aim to determine what attitudes teachers have towards programming for all. We gave teachers a task to describe their thoughts and perceptions on programming for all and collected data during a programming course for in-service teachers. This paper reports on preliminary findings. Although the vast majority in this study have positive attitudes towards programming, we can also see negative attitudes. These concerns are mainly related to lack of time. In-service teachers in this study believe that programming can be fun and engaging. They come with many arguments on reasons why they should include programming in school.