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This study investigated middle school students’ learning experiences with a computer science digital literacy (CSDL) curriculum, which was developed through a researcher-practitioner partnership (RPP) project. The curriculum is based on students learning Computer Science (CS) through creating mobile apps that serve community and social good. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected from students in three urban districts: 1) 330 paired pre- and post- survey responses indicating students’ confidence and interest in learning CS and creating apps for social good; 2) 343 open-ended question responses in the post-survey probing into students’ perceptions on learning CS after taking the course. Whether there were gender differences emerged from both data were also examined. The results show that students’ confidence in coding and creating apps for social good are significantly increased after completing the course, regardless of gender. However, their interest in pursuing CS learning remains at a low level. Further analysis shows no significant gender differences on their confidence increase, whereas male students reported overwhelmingly stronger interest than female students. Qualitative analysis of the open-ended responses reveals that both male and female students appreciated the collaborative learning environment and learning coding through making apps. Male students did not like certain instruction approaches that their teachers used. Female students expressed their dislike of coding in general. We applied the interest development theory to further understand these results, which allows us to consider the trajectory of students’ interest development of CS.

Fri 22 Mar

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15:45 - 17:00
Socially Relevant Computing for Middle-School StudentsPapers at Meeting Room D135
Chair(s): Tyler Menezes CodeDay
15:45
25m
Talk
Investigating Middle School Students’ Early Experience in Learning Computer Science Through Creating Apps for Social GoodK12
Papers
Gillian Bausch University at Albany, Lijun Ni University at Albany, Elizabeth Thomas-Cappello University at Albany, SUNY, Fred Martin University of Texas at San Antonio, Bernardo Feliciano University of Massachusetts Lowell, Foozieh Mirderikvand University of Massachusetts Lowell
DOI
16:10
25m
Talk
Iterative Design of a Socially-Relevant and Engaging Middle School Data Science UnitK12
Papers
David McKinney WestEd, Chloe Morton WestEd, Brenda Tuohy Oakland Unified School District, Samuel Berg Oakland Unified School District, Audrey Karlstad Oakland Unified School District, Courtney Ortega Oakland Unified School District, Zelda Allison Oakland Unified School District, Griifin Munzel Oakland Unified School District, Max Washburn Oakland Unified School District, Yvonne Kao WestEd
DOI
16:35
25m
Talk
Talking Techquity: Teaching the Equity and Social Justice Impacts of Computing in Middle School ClassroomsK12
Papers
Merijke Coenraad Digital Promise, David Weintrop University of Maryland
DOI