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Deepti Tagare – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2024
Background and Objective: Teacher assessment research suggests that teachers have good conceptual understanding of CT. However, to model CT-based problem-solving in their classrooms, teachers need to develop the ability to recognize when and how to apply CT skills. Does existing professional development (PD) equip teachers to know when and how to…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Predictor Variables
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Tshukudu, Ethel; Sentance, Sue; Adelakun-Adeyemo, Oluwatoyin; Nyaringita, Brenda; Quille, Keith; Zhong, Ziling – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Motivation: As K-12 computing education becomes more established throughout the world, there is an increasing focus on accessibility for all, whether in a particular country or setting or in areas of the world that may not yet have computing established. This is primarily articulated as an equity issue. The recently developed "capacity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Secondary Education, Computer Science Education, Geographic Regions
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McGill, Monica; Snow, Eric; Vaval, Luronne; DeLyser, Leigh Ann; Wortel-London, Stephanie; Thompson, Angelica – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Research Problem: Computer science (CS) education researchers conducting studies that target high school students have likely seen their studies impacted by COVID-19. Interpreting research findings impacted by COVID-19 presents unique challenges that will require a deeper understanding as to how the pandemic has affected underserved and…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, COVID-19, Pandemics, Socioeconomic Status
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Parker, Miranda C. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
In the age of computing, there still exist many schools that do not offer computer science courses. The reason can be esoteric to designers of interventions, curricula, and policies. This study aims to answer the research question: "What do school officials perceive as barriers to and supports for offering computer science courses at their…
Descriptors: Barriers, Computer Science Education, High Schools, Affordances
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El-Hamamsy, Laila; Pellet, Jean-Philippe; Roberts, Matthew; Kovacs, Helena; Bruno, Barbara; Zufferey, Jessica Dehler; Mondada, Francesco – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Context: Introducing Computer Science (CS) into formal education can be challenging, notably when considering the numerous stakeholders involved which include the students, teachers, schools, and policy makers. We believe these perspectives should be considered conjointly, which is possible within Research Practice Partnerships (RPPs). RPPs look…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Research and Development, Partnerships in Education, Computer Science Education
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Hamlen Mansour, Karla; Jackson, Debbie K.; Bievenue, Lisa; Voight, Adam; Sridhar, Nigamanth – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
In a nationwide initiative to increase computer science Education in K-12, many teachers were recruited to CS teaching positions but without adequate preparation, which can lead to lack of confidence and feelings of isolation [35, 54]. In response to these issues, the purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a newly developed…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Faculty Development, Peer Teaching, Elementary School Teachers
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Sunni H. Newton; Meltem Alemdar; Jessica Gale; Diley Hernandez; Doug Edwards; Mike Ryan; Mike Helms; Marion Usselman – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
Objectives: The goal of this paper is to introduce and describe a new introductory computer science course. Research results from the implementation of this curriculum will be presented to demonstrate the nature of teachers' experiences with the curriculum. Participants: Participants are teachers implementing the new curriculum at two schools in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Computer Science Education, Introductory Courses, Curriculum Implementation
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Arif Rachmatullah; Jessica Vandenberg; Sein Shin; Eric Wiebe – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2023
The current study compared American, Korean, and Indonesian middle and high school students' CS attitudes. Concurrently, this study also examined whether the items in the CS attitudes scale exhibit country and gender measurement biases. We gathered data on CS attitudes from middle and high school students in the US, Korea, and Indonesia. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, High School Students, Computer Science
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Tena-Meza, Stephanie; Suzara, Miroslav; Alvero, Aj – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
We use an autoethnographic case study of a Latinx high school student from a rural, agricultural community in California to highlight how AI is learned outside classrooms and how her personal background influenced her social-justice-oriented applications of AI technologies. Applying the concept of learning pathways from the learning sciences, we…
Descriptors: Rural Youth, Hispanic American Students, High School Students, Artificial Intelligence
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Neutens, Tom; Coolsaet, Kris; Wyffels, Francis – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
In many countries, computer programming is becoming an integral part of the secondary school curriculum. However, many teachers, especially in the first years of Flemish secondary school, have limited experience with teaching programming. To improve their knowledge about programming, many different types of professional development programs have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Curriculum, Computer Science Education, Programming
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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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Sax, Linda J.; Newhouse, Kaitlin N. S.; Goode, Joanna; Nakajima, Tomoko M.; Skorodinsky, Max; Sendowski, Michelle – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
The Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (APCSP) course was introduced in 2016 to address long-standing gender and racial/ethnic disparities in the United States among students taking Advanced Placement Computer Science (APCS) in high school, as well as among those who pursued computing majors in college. Although APCSP has drawn a more…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Computer Science Education, Equal Education, High School Students
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Lai, Rina P. Y. – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Computational Thinking (CT), entailing both domain-general and domain-specific skills, is a competency fundamental to computing education and beyond. However, as a cross-domain competency, appropriate assessment design and method remain equivocal. Indeed, the majority of the existing assessments have a predominant focus on measuring programming…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computation, Thinking Skills, Computer Science Education
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Kutay, Emine; Oner, Diler – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
The purpose of this study is to examine the role of Minecraft-based coding activities on computational thinking (CT) of middle school students. In the study, CT was conceptualized so that it encapsulates not only the knowledge of computational concepts (e.g., loops and conditionals) but also the use of CT practices (e.g., testing and debugging).…
Descriptors: Programming, Video Games, Middle School Students, Computation
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Brennan, Karen; Blum-Smith, Sarah; Peters, Laura; Kang, Jane – ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 2022
Student-directed projects--projects in which students have individual control over what they create and how to create it--are a promising practice for supporting the development of conceptual understanding and personal interest in K-12 computer science classrooms. In this article, we explore a central (and perhaps counterintuitive) design…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Cooperative Learning, Active Learning
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