Teacher perspectives on web design instruction

Hauwa Muibi, Brian Dorn, Thomas H. Park

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Abstract

Web development is an inherently interdisciplinary field that offers a unique introductory path to computing prior to more traditional programming courses. While significant earlier work has investigated the challenges that novice web developers encounter, little research is available about teaching while coping with the field's considerable breadth. This paper reports findings from interviews with practicing web design instructors in secondary and post-secondary teaching environments. We present emergent themes related to recruitment strategies, student expectations, teaching techniques, and common challenges. We find significant effort is needed to cope with mismatches between students' expectations of what web design is and the HTML/CSS syntax-oriented view of the discipline often emphasized by teachers. We conclude with implications for new teaching tools that would help better sustain student motivation while equipping them with fundamental skills in web development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages231-236
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334402
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2015
Event20th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2015 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: Jul 4 2015Jul 8 2015

Publication series

NameAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE
Volume2015-June
ISSN (Print)1942-647X

Conference

Conference20th ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2015
CountryLithuania
CityVilnius
Period7/4/157/8/15

Keywords

  • K-12 teaching
  • Web design
  • Web development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Education

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