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Cutts, Quintin; Robertson, Judy; Donaldson, Peter; O'Donnell, Laurie – Computer Science Education, 2017
This paper describes and evaluates aspects of a professional development programme for existing CS teachers in secondary schools (PLAN C) which was designed to support teachers at a time of substantial curricular change. The paper's particular focus is on the formation of a teacher professional development network across several hundred teachers…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Science Teachers, Network Analysis, Social Networks
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Pon-Barry, Heather; Packard, Becky Wai-Ling; St. John, Audrey – Computer Science Education, 2017
A dilemma within computer science departments is developing sustainable ways to expand capacity within introductory computer science courses while remaining committed to inclusive practices. Training near-peer mentors for peer code review is one solution. This paper describes the preparation of near-peer mentors for their role, with a focus on…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Mentors, Peer Teaching, Feedback (Response)
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Liu, Zhongxiu; Zhi, Rui; Hicks, Andrew; Barnes, Tiffany – Computer Science Education, 2017
Debugging is an over-looked component in K-12 computational thinking education. Few K-12 programming environments are designed to teach debugging, and most debugging research were conducted on college-aged students. In this paper, we presented debugging exercises to 6th-8th grade students and analyzed their problem solving behaviors in a…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Middle School Students, Student Behavior, Programming
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Nielson, Seth James – Computer Science Education, 2017
Attempting to educate practitioners of computer security can be difficult if for no other reason than the breadth of knowledge required today. The security profession includes widely diverse subfields including cryptography, network architectures, programming, programming languages, design, coding practices, software testing, pattern recognition,…
Descriptors: Computer Security, Simulation, Graduate Students, Training
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Lehman, Kathleen J.; Sax, Linda J.; Zimmerman, Hilary B. – Computer Science Education, 2017
Despite the current growing popularity of the computer science (CS) major, women remain sorely underrepresented in the field, continuing to earn only 18% of bachelor's degrees. Understanding women's low rates of participation in CS is important given that the demand for individuals with CS training has grown sharply in recent years. Attracting and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, Computer Science Education, Intention
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Wong, Billy – Computer Science Education, 2017
Computers and information technology are fast becoming a part of young people's everyday life. However, there remains a difference between the majority who can use computers and the minority who are computer scientists or professionals. Drawing on 32 semi-structured interviews with digitally skilled young people (aged 13-19), we explore their…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Semi Structured Interviews, Adolescents, Attitude Measures
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Yadav, Aman; Gretter, Sarah; Hambrusch, Susanne; Sands, Phil – Computer Science Education, 2017
The increased push for teaching computer science (CS) in schools in the United States requires training a large number of new K-12 teachers. The current efforts to increase the number of CS teachers have predominantly focused on training teachers from other content areas. In order to support these beginning CS teachers, we need to better…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies
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Ben-David Kolikant, Yifat; Genut, Sara – Computer Science Education, 2017
In line with the growing interest in extending the diversity of CS students, we examined the performance of a unique group of students studying an introductory course in Digital logic: ultraorthodox Jewish men, whose previous education was based mostly on studying Talmud and who lacked a conventional high-school education. We used questions from…
Descriptors: Jews, Males, Prior Learning, Computer Science Education
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Lachney, Michael – Computer Science Education, 2017
Enrolling the cultural capital of underrepresented communities in PK-12 technology and curriculum design has been a primary strategy for broadening the participation of students of color in U.S. computer science (CS) fields. This article examines two ways that African-American cultural capital and computing can be bridged in CS education. The…
Descriptors: African American Students, Cosmetology, Cultural Capital, Computer Science Education
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Maguire, Phil; Maguire, Rebecca; Kelly, Robert – Computer Science Education, 2017
We report on an intervention in which informal programming labs were switched to a weekly machine-evaluated test for a second year Data Structures and Algorithms module. Using the online HackerRank system, we investigated whether greater constructive alignment between course content and the exam would result in lower failure rates. After…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Teaching Methods, Test Scoring Machines
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Stout, Jane G.; Blaney, Jennifer M. – Computer Science Education, 2017
Research suggests growth mindset, or the belief that knowledge is acquired through effort, may enhance women's sense of belonging in male-dominated disciplines, like computing. However, other research indicates women who spend a great deal of time and energy in technical fields experience a low sense of belonging. The current study assessed the…
Descriptors: Females, Sex Stereotypes, Attitude Measures, Student Attitudes
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Rodriguez, Sarah L.; Lehman, Kathleen – Computer Science Education, 2017
This theoretical paper explores the need for enhanced, intersectional computing identity theory for the purpose of developing a diverse group of computer scientists for the future. Greater theoretical understanding of the identity formation process specifically for computing is needed in order to understand how students come to understand…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Self Concept, Professional Identity, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Prigmore, M.; Taylor, R.; De Luca, D. – Computer Science Education, 2016
This paper presents the findings of an exploratory case study into the relationship between student autonomy and motivation in project based learning, using Self-Determination Theory (SDT) to frame the investigation. The case study explores how different forms of motivation affect the students' response to challenges and their intention to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Personal Autonomy, Learning Motivation, Active Learning
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Margulieux, Lauren E.; Catrambone, Richard; Guzdial, Mark – Computer Science Education, 2016
The rapid integration of technology into our professional and personal lives has left many education systems ill-equipped to deal with the influx of people seeking computing education. To improve computing education, we are applying techniques that have been developed for other procedural fields. The present study applied such a technique, subgoal…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Educational Improvement, Undergraduate Students
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Gal-Ezer, Judith; Trakhtenbrot, Mark – Computer Science Education, 2016
Reduction is one of the key techniques used for problem-solving in computer science. In particular, in the theory of computation and complexity (TCC), mapping and polynomial reductions are used for analysis of decidability and computational complexity of problems, including the core concept of NP-completeness. Reduction is a highly abstract…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Problem Solving, Computation, Difficulty Level
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