Computer Science Outreach Workshop and Interest Development : A Longitudinal Study
Lakanen, A.-J., & Isomöttönen, V. (2018). Computer Science Outreach Workshop and Interest Development : A Longitudinal Study. Informatics in Education, 17(2), 341-361. https://doi.org/10.15388/infedu.2018.18
Published inInformatics in Education
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This longitudinal study investigates the impact of an extra-curricular programming workshop in student interest development in computer science. The workshop was targeted at 12–18-year old youngsters. A survey was sent to all previous participants with a known home address; 31.5% responded the survey (n = 197). This data was then combined with pre-workshop survey data, and analyzed with mixed methods. Positive development of interest was discovered for 57% of the respondents, of which nearly all attributed their interest increase to the workshop at least partly (92%). Qualitative inspection revealed that the workshop provided three anchors that facilitated students’ reengagement with programming and development of interest: disciplinary content, a concrete artifact built by students themselves, and tools. Neutral development and interest regress were also discovered, though the impact of the workshop on these interest trajectories remains unclear.
PublisherVilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
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