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McGill, Monica M.; Reinking, Anni – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Problem: K-12 teachers face many challenges when teaching a new subject like computer science (CS). They are often far removed from the research being conducted to identify evidence-driven solutions to these challenges. Likewise, researchers are also often removed from the challenges of classroom practices that teachers face when teaching CS.…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Middle School Teachers, Computer Science Education, Partnerships in Education
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McGill, Monica M.; Decker, Adrienne; Settle, Amber – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2016
A lack of diversity in the computing field has existed for several decades, and although female participation in computing remains low, outreach programs attempting to address the situation are now quite numerous. To begin to understand whether or not these past activities have had long-term impact, we conducted a systematic literature review.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Majors (Students)
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McGill, Monica M. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
One of the goals of using robots in introductory programming courses is to increase motivation among learners. There have been several types of robots that have been used extensively in the classroom to teach a variety of computer science concepts. A more recently introduced robot designed to teach programming to novice students is the Institute…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Gender Differences, Student Interests
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McGill, Monica M. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2012
Digital games are marketed, mass-produced, and consumed by an increasing number of people and the game industry is only expected to grow. In response, postsecondary institutions in the UK and the U.S. have started to create game degree programs. Though curriculum theorists provide insight into the process of creating a new program, no formal…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Organizations (Groups), Computer Games