Semantic Waves

Semantic Waves are a simple way to visualise how we build knowledge. The theory was developed by an educational researcher, Karl Maton, and has become popular across the world to review and improve learning activities in many different teaching contexts [1]. For example, semantic waves have been used to review the teaching of nursing in universities and to improve history lessons in secondary schools. Recently, Crazy Characters, a favourite Barefoot activity, was analysed in terms of its semantic wave, this was the first time that the theory had been applied to a computing lesson [2].

In this short article, we introduce you to semantic waves and we hope you will ‘draw’ some of your lessons to help you review and improve your teaching. This is not only relevant for the teaching of computing of course.