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Self-Efficacy Study in Computing Among College Freshmen

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 3

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Amrita Dhakal Ghimire Mississippi State University

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Ghimire is currently a Ph.D. student and instructor of record in Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) with a research focus in Parallel and Distributed Computing Education. She earned her master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the MSU and bachelor’s degree in Computer Application from Pokhara University, Nepal. She spent two years working as intern followed by full time employee in IT industry (in a Muktinath development bank) in Nepal.

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Litany H Lineberry Mississippi State University

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Lineberry is currently a Ph.D. student in Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Education at MSU with a research focus in cybersecurity education. She received her MS in CS with a concentration in Information Assurance from North Carolina A & T State University. Her BS in CS was received from Voorhees College. Previously,
Lineberry was Area Coordinator and an Instructor in CS at Voorhees.

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Sarah B. Lee Mississippi State University Orcid 16x16

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Sarah Lee joined the faculty at Mississippi State University (MSU) after a 19 year information technology career at FedEx Corporation. As an associate clinical professor and assistant department head in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, she is co-founder of the Bulldog Bytes program at MSU that engages K-12 students and teachers with computer science and cybersecurity. She is the PI for the NSF INCLUDES Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (MSAWC), partnering with stakeholders throughout the southern US to leverage, strengthen, and create awareness of existing programs and create new programs for young women in computing. She serves on the board of directors for the Mississippi Coding Academies.

Sarah holds a BS in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from the Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in computer science from MSU. She earned her PhD in computer science from the University of Memphis.

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Computer Science (CS) is not introduced equitably across the K-12 curriculum in Mississippi (MS), yet it is a necessary skill in an increasingly digital society. Inconsistent funding levels across the 138 public school districts in MS and a lack of broadband access in some areas contribute to this lack of access. Co-curricular activities such as summer camps have become a popular way to introduce CS to K-12 students since many school districts lag behind in the introduction of CS formal instruction. Researchers at MSU, through partnerships with other educational institutions and practitioners, have developed a transdisciplinary approach to teaching CS in informal learning environments. To expand on this approach and investigate its applicability in formal instruction, instructors at Mississippi State University have implemented transdisciplinary modules in CS0 and CS1 courses for entering freshmen. This paper explores that data collected from multiple of these freshman level courses at a tier-one institution of higher learning. Learners include freshmen in computing majors and in non-computing majors. We compare their self-efficacy growth in computing across race and gender, and as well as considering where they had formal or informal CS education prior to entering the university.

Ghimire, A. D., & Lineberry, L. H., & Lee, S. B. (2020, June), Self-Efficacy Study in Computing Among College Freshmen Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35184

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