Informatics for All Releases its Informatics Reference Framework for School
The Informatics for All coalition recently released its Informatics Reference Framework for School. The new report advances informatics as a fundamental discipline for the 21st century, while also indicating how informatics may become a driver for renewal and innovation of other disciplines.
The Framework is designed to help schools develop their informatics curricula and includes a set of core topic areas with their associated practices that all students are expected to be competent in by the end of their upper secondary education (age 18 years).
The report maintains that a common European vision of informatics with a minimum set of high-level requirements is a cornerstone of efforts to extend across national borders and participate in the global economy as a unified entity. At the same time, the Framework is deliberately flexible and short, and is designed to leave space for educators to develop curricula attuned to their own culture and needs. The authors intend for the Framework to be viewed as a high-level document which will stimulate ideas.
The Informatics for All coalition includes IFIP, the ACM Europe Council of the Association for Computing Machinery; CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies; and Informatics Europe, the association of European Informatics university departments and industrial research labs.