ERIC Number: EJ856931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Pair Programming in Middle School: What Does It Look Like?
Werner, Linda; Denning, Jill
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v42 n1 p29-49 Fall 2009
Few early intervention efforts have improved the representation of women in computer science and engineering (CSE) disciplines, but pair programming has shown promise for reducing gender differences among college students. The current study is the first to examine this promising practice in middle school. In an effort to better understand what pair programming looks like, we describe an observational study of middle school girls. We coded audiotape transcripts to show the kinds of interactions that appear to promote or undermine effective problem solving. The findings are interpreted in terms of how to promote the kinds of interactions that make it more likely that middle school students will persist in the kind of problem solving that will prepare them for further CSE coursework.
Descriptors: Intervention, Females, Problem Solving, Gender Issues, Disproportionate Representation, Engineering Education, College Preparation, Middle School Students, Interaction, Transcripts (Written Records), Discourse Analysis, Gender Differences, Cooperative Learning, Social Environment, Summer Programs, After School Programs, Games, Student Projects, Computer Science Education, Computers, Interpersonal Communication, Peer Relationship, Peer Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California