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Nasser-Abu Alhija, Fadia; Levi-Eliyahu, Orna – Computer Science Education, 2019
Background and Context: Understanding the effects of learner characteristics and perceived learning environment on achievement in academic fields including Computer Science (CS) is of critical importance. Objective: This study aimed at testing a hypothesized model of achievement in CS in terms of the learner and the learning environment…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Grade 11, Grade 12, High School Students
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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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Ryoo, Jean; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – Computer Science Education, 2015
This article describes the importance that high school computer science teachers place on a teachers' professional learning community designed around an inquiry- and equity-oriented approach for broadening participation in computing. Using grounded theory to analyze four years of teacher surveys and interviews from the Exploring Computer Science…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Science Education
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Major, Louis; Kyriacou, Theocharis; Brereton, Pearl – Computer Science Education, 2014
This work investigates the effectiveness of simulated robots as tools to support the learning of programming. After the completion of a systematic review and exploratory research, a multi-case case study was undertaken. A simulator, named Kebot, was developed and used to run four 10-hour programming workshops. Twenty-three student participants…
Descriptors: Robotics, Computer Simulation, Programming, Teaching Methods
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Armoni, Michal; Gal-Ezer, Judith – Computer Science Education, 2014
The gap between enrollments in higher education computing programs and the high-tech industry's demands is widely reported, and is especially prominent for women. Increasing the availability of computer science education in high school is one of the strategies suggested in order to address this gap. We look at the connection between exposure to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, High School Students, College Preparation
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Liu, Allison S.; Schunn, Christian D.; Flot, Jesse; Shoop, Robin – Computer Science Education, 2013
Computer science proficiency continues to grow in importance, while the number of students entering computer science-related fields declines. Many rich programming environments have been created to motivate student interest and expertise in computer science. In the current study, we investigated whether a recently created environment, Robot…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Programming, Robotics, Teaching Methods
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Mason, Raina; Cooper, Graham – Computer Science Education, 2013
This paper reports on a series of introductory programming workshops, initially targeting female high school students, which utilised Lego Mindstorms robots. Cognitive load theory (CLT) was applied to the instructional design of the workshops, and a controlled experiment was also conducted investigating aspects of the interface. Results indicated…
Descriptors: Programming, Introductory Courses, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level
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Liberman, Neomi; Kolikant, Yifat Ben-David; Beeri, Catriel – Computer Science Education, 2012
Due to a program reform in Israel, experienced CS high-school teachers faced the need to master and teach a new programming paradigm. This situation served as an opportunity to explore the relationship between teachers' content knowledge (CK) and their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). This article focuses on three case studies, with emphasis…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Novices, Expertise, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Varma, Roli – Computer Science Education, 2009
This paper examines students' pre-college experience with computers. It finds significant gender differences in how students develop interest in computers; exposure to computers at home; availability of computers in high schools; and high-school preparations for college study in a computing field. The paper has a number of implications to improve…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Computers, Gender Differences, Majors (Students)
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Muller, Orna; Haberman, Bruria – Computer Science Education, 2008
Abstraction is a major concept in computer science and serves as a powerful tool in software development. Pattern-oriented instruction (POI) is a pedagogical approach that incorporates patterns in an introductory computer science course in order to structure the learning of algorithmic problem solving. This paper examines abstraction processes in…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Problem Solving, Computer Software, Pattern Recognition
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Kolikant, Y. Ben-David; Mussai, M. – Computer Science Education, 2008
We studied students' conceptions of correctness and their influence on students' correctness-related practices by examining how 159 students had analyzed the correctness of error-free and erroneous algorithms and by interviewing seven students regarding their work. We found that students conceptualized program correctness as the sum of the…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Computer Science Education, Science Instruction, Programming
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Feinberg, Dave – Computer Science Education, 2007
This paper presents a simple 4 bit computer processor design that may be built using TTL chips for less than $65. In addition to describing the processor itself in detail, we discuss our experience using the laboratory kit and its associated machine instruction set to teach computer architecture to high school students. (Contains 3 figures and 5…
Descriptors: Computer System Design, Data Processing, Learning Modules, High School Students
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Nash, Jane Gradwohl; Bravaco, Ralph J.; Simonson, Shai – Computer Science Education, 2006
The purpose of this study was to assess structural knowledge change across a two-week workshop designed to provide high-school teachers with training in Java and Object Oriented Programming. Both before and after the workshop, teachers assigned relatedness ratings to pairs of key concepts regarding Java and Object Oriented Programming. Their…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Cognitive Structures, Workshops, Programming
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