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Pelánek, Radek; Effenberger, Tomáš – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Block-based programming is a popular approach to teaching introductory programming. Block-based programming often works in the context of microworlds, where students solve specific puzzles. It is used, for example, within the Hour of Code event, which targets millions of students. Objective: To identify design guidelines…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Puzzles, Problem Solving
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Hao, Qiang; Smith, David H., IV; Ding, Lu; Ko, Amy; Ottaway, Camille; Wilson, Jack; Arakawa, Kai H.; Turcan, Alistair; Poehlman, Timothy; Greer, Tyler – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: automated feedback for programming assignments has great potential in promoting just-in-time learning, but there has been little work investigating the design of feedback in this context. Objective: to investigate the impacts of different designs of automated feedback on student learning at a fine-grained level, and how…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Feedback (Response), Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis
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Zakaria, Zarifa; Vandenberg, Jessica; Tsan, Jennifer; Boulden, Danielle Cadieux; Lynch, Collin F.; Boyer, Kristy Elizabeth; Wiebe, Eric N. – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Researchers and practitioners have begun to incorporate collaboration in programming because of its reported instructional and professional benefits. However, younger students need guidance on how to collaborate in environments that require substantial interpersonal interaction and negotiation. Previous research indicates…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Intervention, Comparative Analysis, Programming
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von Hausswolff, Kristina – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Research in programming education seems to show that hands-on writing at the keyboard is beneficial for learning, but we lack an explanation of why that is and an underlying theory to anchor that explanation. Objective: The first objective is to lay out a theoretical foundation for understanding the learning situation when…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Novices, Student Experience
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Coto, Mayela; Mora, Sonia; Grass, Beatriz; Murillo-Morera, Juan – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and context: Emotions are ubiquitous in academic settings and affect learning strategies, motivation to persevere, and academic outcomes, however they have not figured prominently in research on learning to program at the university level. Objective: To summarize the current knowledge available on the effect of emotions on students…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Response
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Worsley, Marcelo; Bar-El, David – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Making is celebrated for bringing exciting tools and learning opportunities to non-traditional designers. However, people with disabilities may find themselves excluded from many making activities and makerspaces. This exclusion is present in making and computer science more broadly. Objective: We describe a university…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Students with Disabilities, College Students, Shared Resources and Services
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Prado, Yenda; Jacob, Sharin; Warschauer, Mark – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Computational Thinking (CT) is a skill all students should learn. This requires using inclusive approaches to teach CT to a wide spectrum of students. However, strategies for teaching CT to students with exceptionalities are not well studied. Objective: This study draws on lessons learned in two fourth-grade classrooms --…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Computer Science Education, Special Education, Teaching Methods
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Jackson, David W.; Cheng, Yihong – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Computational thinking and practices (CT|P) are key competencies for learners in science and engineering. For studies with young adolescents as participants, manifested research philosophies are sometimes inconsistent with societal pluralisms. Objective: Based on research literature from 2016 to early 2019 for CT|P in…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Computation
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Rich, Kathryn M.; Franklin, Diana; Strickland, Carla; Isaacs, Andy; Eatinger, Donna – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: We explored how learning trajectories (LTs) might be used to design variables instruction. Objective: We aimed to develop an LT for variables and use it to guide curriculum development for fourth graders working in Scratch in an integrated mathematics+CS curriculum. Method: We synthesized learning goals (LGs) and levels of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Science Education, Sequential Learning, Instructional Design
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Petrie, Christopher – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Computational Thinking (CT) has been recently integrated into new and revised Digital Technologies content (DTC) in the Technology learning area of the New Zealand School Curriculum. Objective: To aid this change, this research examined how CT supports learning outcomes in both music and programming with the Sonic Pi…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Outcomes of Education, Computer Science Education, Programming
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Hundhausen, C. D.; Conrad, P. T.; Carter, A. S.; Adesope, O. – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Assessing team members' indivdiual contributions to software development projects poses a key problem for computing instructors. While instructors typically rely on subjective assessments, objective assessments could provide a more robust picture. To explore this possibility, In a 2020 paper, Buffardi presented a…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Computer Science Education, Correlation, Engineering Education
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Finke, Sabrina; Kemény, Ferenc; Sommer, Markus; Krnjic, Vesna; Arendasy, Martin; Slany, Wolfgang; Landerl, Karin – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background: Key to optimizing Computational Thinking (CT) instruction is a precise understanding of the underlying cognitive skills. Román-González et al. (2017) reported unique contributions of spatial abilities and reasoning, whereas arithmetic was not significantly related to CT. Disentangling the influence of spatial and numerical skills on CT…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Cognitive Ability, Abstract Reasoning, Arithmetic
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Shindler, Michael; Pinpin, Natalia; Markovic, Mia; Reiber, Frederick; Kim, Jee Hoon; Carlos, Giles Pierre Nunez; Dogucu, Mine; Hong, Mark; Luu, Michael; Anderson, Brian; Cote, Aaron; Ferland, Matthew; Jain, Palak; LaBonte, Tyler; Mathur, Leena; Moreno, Ryan; Sakuma, Ryan – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: We replicated and expanded on previous work about how well students learn dynamic programming, a difficult topic for students in algorithms class. Their study interviewed a number of students at one university in a single term. We recruited a larger sample size of students, over several terms, in both large public and…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Programming, Computer Science Education, Replication (Evaluation)
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Fowler, Max; Smith, David H., IV; Hassan, Mohammed; Poulsen, Seth; West, Matthew; Zilles, Craig – Computer Science Education, 2022
Background and Context: Lopez and Lister first presented evidence for a skill hierarchy of code reading, tracing, and writing for introductory programming students. Further support for this hierarchy could help computer science educators sequence course content to best build student programming skill. Objective: This study aims to replicate a…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Science Education, Correlation, Introductory Courses
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Coenraad, Merijke; Hopcraft, Connor; Jozefowicz, Jane; Franklin, Diana; Palmer, Jen; Weintrop, David – Computer Science Education, 2021
Background and Context: Educators make consequential curricular decisions, often with little support, particularly as it relates to equity and how to support all students. Objective: This paper investigates the use of a rubric to support educators evaluating computer science curricula, especially with regards to equity. Method: Seventeen…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Decision Making, Scoring Rubrics, Computer Science Education
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