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Board 36: Evaluating the Long-term Impact of Precollege Computing Education Phase 1 Overview

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Adrienne Decker University at Buffalo Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Decker is a faculty member in the newly formed Department of Engineering Education at the University at Buffalo. She has been studying computing education and teaching for over 15 years, and is interested in broadening participation, evaluating the effectiveness of pre-college computing activities, and issues of assessment, particularly in the introductory programming courses. She has been actively involved with the Advanced Placement Computer Science A course since 2011, first serving as a reader, and as part of the development committee for the exam since 2015, serving as higher ed co-chair since 2018. She has received more than $1M in NSF funding for her work in computing education. Active in the computing education community, she is currently the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education board treasurer (2016-2019) and has served as program co-chair in 2014 and symposium co-chair in 2015 to the SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.

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Monica M. McGill Knox College Orcid 16x16

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Monica McGill is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Knox College. Her areas of scholarship are serious games and computer science education research with a current focus on diversity and improving the quality of research to examine effective practices on a large scale. She oversaw the recent development of, a website with manually curated data from over 500 articles and a list of over 50 instruments for evaluating computing education.

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To increase the implementation of computer science education in K-12, commercial, governmental, and not-for-profit entities have sponsored numerous initiatives aimed to bring computing to more students and teachers. Our five-year NSF project seeks to determine the long-term impact of these activities and curriculum initiatives as a mechanism for growing the skilled technology workforce within the United States.

The goal of this NSF IUSE project is to create the resources and tools necessary for identifying best practices for determining the long term impact of these pre-college computing activities on participants, including analyses of data based on gender and ethnicity. The project's scope includes two phases: 1) the identification, review, and analysis of past and current pre-college computing activities and their impact on participants to determine the major influencing variables and 2) the creation and implementation of a formal process for collecting data related to pre-college computing activities, including major influencing variables, necessary for educational researchers to be able to evaluate and analyze the long-term impact of these activities. Two significant outputs from this project are the creation of instruments available for measuring the long-term effects of pre-college computing efforts and creating the ability to compare results from using these instruments to evaluate the effects of pre-college computing efforts.

Phase 1 of this project has been completed and includes the development and implementation of a website ( that houses three significant works: 1) a repository of peer-reviewed research articles on pre-college computing activities; 2) a repository of over 100 evaluation instruments that can be used for assessing effectiveness of interventions at many levels; and 3) guides tailored to computing education for new researchers to design studies, write research questions, and report results. To keep this website current and driven by the needs of the community, we have also provided a review mechanism for researchers and others to submit articles and evaluation instruments for inclusion into the repository.

Decker, A., & McGill, M. M. (2019, June), Board 36: Evaluating the Long-term Impact of Precollege Computing Education Phase 1 Overview Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32332

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