Following the IFIP TC3 SaITE 2016 Conference in Guimarães, Portugal, an edited book of selected papers has now been published by Springer. Fifteen full papers and two short papers were selected for inclusion in the post-conference book, co-edited by Professor Don Passey.
The co-chairs of the conference were Professor Don Passey and Professor Cathy Lewin from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and the chair of the local organising committee was Professor João Álvaro Carvalho, University of Minho, Portugal. The lead editor of the book was Professor Torsten Brinda, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, supported by associate editors Dr Nicholas Mavengere, University of Tampere, Finland and Dr Ilkka Haukijärvi, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
The conference involved 65 participants (including three who joined remotely), from across four continents (Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and America). Those involved came from 22 countries, including Australia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Participant submissions covered the five key themes of the conference:
- Linking formal and informal education;
- Researching transformation of applications of technologies in educational contexts;
- Exploring implications of computer science education;
- Preparing a new generation of computer professionals; and
- Strategic use and professional development in policy and management.
Don co-authored a paper in the book entitled ‘Fathers and Male Guardians Are Important Stakeholders in Children’s Education: Do Lego Building and Scratch-like Programming Activities Hold a Key to Involving Them More?’ with Gavin Hawkins and Darren Clift from Wolverhampton City Council.