The impact of meaningful high school computer science experiences in the Chicago Public Schools

Lucia Dettori, Ronald I. Greenberg, Steven McGee, Dale Reed

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Abstract

We report on initial outcomes of the Taste of Computing project, under which a meaningful computer science course has been initiated in many high schools of the Chicago Public Schools system. Surveys of students have shown that they attribute high value to the course and have experienced increases in their understanding and interest regarding the computing field. Data was also collected from teachers participating in professional development regarding their preparation and confidence in teaching the new course. We report on the strengths of various survey responses and their relationships, and we compare student responses by race and gender. The data provide a good basis for exploring the impact of meaningful computer science instruction on students from groups underrepresented in computing; of several hundred students surveyed, nearly half were female, and over half were Hispanic or African-American.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2015
EditorsKristy Boyer, Jamie Payton, Jeff Forbes, George K. Thiruvathukal, Tiffany Barnes
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509001514
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2015
Event1st Annual Conference Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2015 - Charlotte, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2015Aug 14 2015

Publication series

Name2015 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2015

Other

Other1st Annual Conference Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2015
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period8/13/158/14/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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