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Computers in Education
An introductory collegiate survey course for several major programs in science and engineering presents the opportunity to impact computing attitudes and career intentions as well as knowledge of computer science (CS) concepts. The CS0 course intervention in this study is a semester-long sequence of rotations in computer science, game design, cybersecurity, and engineering. Part of the common first year program in the school of computer science and engineering, this Fall semester course is required for any student interested in studying in one of the six undergraduate major programs. The impacts of this intervention are analyzed according to Social Cognitive Career Theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994, 2000) which posits that beliefs about the self and knowledge about careers are socially influenced, amenable to intervention, and powerful drivers of the development of career interests, goals, and actions. A pre/post survey design including the items of the Computing Attitudes Survey (Dorne & Tew, 2015), major and career interests, as well as open-ended items. Focus groups and interviews provide additional depth to the relationship of course experiences and career intentions. Results from the CS0 portion of the course indicate a positive growth in expert-aligned computing attitudes and career interest. Sub-group and sub-scale analyses reveal jagged and complex student profiles as students’ perceptions of CS were influenced by the course.
Erdil, D. C., & Ronan, D. (2020, June), Impact on Computing Attitudes and Career Intentions in a Common First Year Program Survey Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34760
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