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Werner, Linda; Denner, Jill; Campe, Shannon; Torres, David M. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2020
This article builds on prior work that aims to measure computational learning (CL) during middle school. Since game computational sophistication (GCS) has been used as a proxy for a student's engagement in CL we build on their model to more completely describe the relationship between different types of building blocks of computer games and GCS.…
Descriptors: Computation, Middle School Students, Knowledge Level, Learner Engagement
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Denner, Jill; Campe, Shannon; Werner, Linda – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
It is widely believed that there are educational benefits to making computer games, but there is no systematic review of research on this topic. This article describes a meta-synthesis of research on children designing and programming computer games that investigates the extent to which there is evidence of benefits for computer science learning…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Design, Programming, Children
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Lyon, Louise Ann; Denner, Jill – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2019
Community colleges play a large role in educating students who are historically underrepresented in computer science (CS), including women, Latino men, and Black men, as well as post-traditional (older or working) students. In spite of this, there is a dearth of research on the institutional factors that influence whether or not community college…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation