Andrew Csizmadia

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Andrew originally worked in secondary schools, sixth form and further education teaching and leading on computer science before being appointed as a senior lecturer in network technologies at the Technology Innovation Centre, a subsidiary company of Birmingham City University.

Whilst at the Technology Innovation Centre, Andrew managed the Cisco Academy Training Centre for Europe, Middle East and Africa and quality assured Cisco Academy throughout this region.  Currently, Andrew is PGCE Secondary Computer Science Subject Lead within the School of Education at Newman University.

Andrew has an active interest in computer science education, and promotes this agenda at a local, regional and national level through projects, presenting and writing. His research interests include computational thinking, computational modelling and programming pedagogy, Andrew has published on these topics and has presented at both national and international conference



Teaching & Learning Academy Assessor and Verifier (2016)

PG Cert: Professional Research Practice (Nottingham Trent University, 2015)

Raspberry Pi Educator (Raspberry Pi Foundation, 2015)

Microsoft in Education Trainer (Microsoft, 2014)

MEd: (University of Leicester, 2010)

PG Cert: Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (Birmingham City University, 2008)

CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate (Cisco Systems, 2001)

CCAI: Cisco Certified Associate Instructor (Cisco Systems, 2001)

PGCE in Computer Science and Control Technology (University of Manchester, 1984)

BSc (Hons): Computation (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1983)


Teaching Interests

Computer Science Pedagogy

Creative Computing

Computational Thinking


Research Interests

Computational Thinking

Computer Science Education

Programming Pedagogy

Puzzle-based learning


Other Activities

Membership of Professional Bodies

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Secretary for ITTE (Subject Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education)

Member of Computing At School


External Roles

Member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools ( IJCSES) 2016 –

Reviewer for The International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools ( IJCSES) 2016

Senior Assessor: British Computer Society Certificate in Computer Science Teaching 2015

External Examiner: St John’s York (PGCE Secondary Computer Science) 2015

External Examiner: Institute of Education (PGCE Secondary Computer Science) 2015

Chief Examiner: PGCE Secondary (Nottingham Trent University) 2011 – 2014

External Examiner: PGCE Secondary Computer Science with ICT (Nottingham Trent University) 2010 – 2014

External Examiner: Sheffield Hallam University (PGCE Secondary ICT) 2008 – 2013

External Examiner: Kingston University (Foundation Degree in e-Business) 2004 – 2008



Computing at School (2015) Computing at School Assessment Working group

Computing at School (2015) Computing at School Computational Thinking Working group

Department for Education (2014) Competitive Computing Project

tda (2010) Research into ICT to support computing in education

ITTE (2009) Digital Literacy and Creativity – JISC/HEA Open Educational Resources project.

Conference Papers

Smith, N., Allsop, Y., Caldwell, H., Hill, D., Dimitriadi, Y. and Csizmadia, A. P. (2015) ‘Master Teachers in Computing: What have we achieved?’, Proceedings of the Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education. : New York: ACM., pp.21-24.

Csizmadia, A. and Bouiton, H. (2015) Computational Thinking – The Evolving Definition. ECER 2015 “Education and Transition. Contributions from Educational Research”. Corvinus University of Budapest. 7th-11th September.

Csizmadia, A. (2015) Development And Validation Of An Instrument To Determine Trainee Computer Science Teachers’ Perceptions Of Computational Thinking. EERA’s Emerging Researchers Conference. Corvinus University of Budapest. 7th-9th September.

Giordano, D., Marsden, S., Maiorana, F., Riedesel, C., Csizmadia, A. and Mishra, S. (2015) VIVA: the Vilnius collaboratively coded and Validated computer science questions repository for Assessment. ITiCSE-15, 20th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.  Seimas Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania, 3rd-8th July.

Sentence, S. and Csizmadia, A. (2015) Teachers’ perspectives on successful strategies for teaching Computing in school. In: Brodnik, A. and Lewin, C. (eds.) IFIP TC3 Working Conference “A New Culture of Learning: Computing and next Generations”.  Vilnius, Vilnius University, pp. 201-210.

Catlin, D., Csizmadia, A. P., O’Meara, J. G. and Younie, S. (2015) Using Educational Robotics Research to Transform the Classroom. 6th International Conference on Robotics in Education. HEIG-VD, Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and Art, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. 20th-22nd May.

Csizmadia, A. and Pattison, E. (2014) Deconstruct, Digest, EAT Pilot Study of a Tool for Evaluating Language Apps. 7th International ICT for Language Learning Conference. Florence, 13th-14th November. libreriauniversitaria. it Edizioni, pp.  162-166.

Csizmadia, A. (2014) Scratch and Makey Makey. Scratch@MIT 2014 Conference. MIT , Boston, MA., 6th-8th August.

Csizmadia, A. (2014) Development And Validation Of An Instrument To Determine Trainee Computer Science Teachers’ Perceptions Of Computational Thinking. Breaking Boundaries 2014: First Annual Professional Research Practice Conference. Nottingham Trent University. 15th May.

Csizmadia, A. (2013) Discovering Computational Thinking Genes amongst Pre-service Teachers with Scratch and Scrape. European Scratch Conference. Citilab Cornellà , Barcelona, 24th-27th July.

Csizmadia, A. and Boulton, H. (2013) The Neverending Story’-Using Eportfolios as a Digital Storytelling Tool with Preservice And Existing Teachers–A Comparative Study between Two Universities. 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference. Valencia, 4th-5th March, pp. 5573-5780.

Boulton, H. and Csizmadia, A. (2012) ePortfolio as a mirror: Trainee teachers reflecting on their learning through digital narrative. ALT-C 2012 a confrontation with reality 19th International Conference. University of Manchester, 11th-13th September.

Csizmadia, A. and Bailey, A. (2011) 15 minutes of fame: developing critically reflective practitioners through the use of video. 2nd TEAN Conference: The Importance of Education. University of Manchester, 2nd May.

Csizmadia, A. (2009) Mahara and Professional Development. Mahara09. Institute of Education, London, 15th July.


  • Savage, M. and Csizmadia, A. (2016) ‘Computational Thinking and Creativity’. In: Younie, S. and Bradshaw, P. (eds.) Debates in ICT. Routledge: London. (Under review)

  • Sentence, S. and Csizmadia, A. (2016) Teaching Computing: challenges and successful strategies reported by school teachers. In Brodnik, A. and Lewin, C. (eds.) special issue of Educational and Information Technologies. London: Springer.

  • Woollard, J., Younie, S., & Csizmadia, A. (2011) Evaluation of e-safety materials for initial teacher training; meeting the needs of primary phase trainees. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. (submitted)

  • Catlin, D. and Csizmadia, A. (2015) Roamer Scratch Interface. Available at: (Accessed: 23 October 2015).

  • Csizmadia, A., Cuzon, P., Dorling, M., Humphreys, S., Ng, T., Selby, C. and Woollard, J. (2015) Computational thinking: A guide for teachers. London: British Computer Society.

  • Csizmadia, A. (2011) Innovation in workforce development: the importance of teacher training and supported professional development to empower teachers to innovate. Guardian Innovation in Education conference 2011. Prospero House, London, 17th November.