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Improving the Quality and Effectiveness of Computer Science Education Evaluation through Sharing Survey Instruments

Session Number: 2322
Track: STEM Education and Training
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: Data Sharing, Evaluation capacity building, science and technology
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Wendy DuBow [Director of Evaluation - National Center for Women & Information Technology]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Thiry [Senior Research Associate - University of Colorado, Boulder]
Time: Nov 14, 2015 (10:45 AM - 11:30 AM)
Room: Roosevelt

Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract: 

With so many evaluators and researchers working on computer science (CS) education initiatives, some of us surely are measuring the same outcomes. CS education projects often emphasize outcomes operationalized as survey constructs such as interest, engagement, confidence, perseverance, intent to persist, and skills. Rather than reinvent the wheel or create new instruments under time pressure, we could be sharing field-tested and validated survey instruments. Meet with other CS education evaluators to discuss where to find instruments, and let’s figure out the best mechanisms for sharing instruments. The Think Tank will cover the following topic areas:

1)      Identify existing repositories in CS education evaluation

2)      What constructs or contexts are missing or needed

3)      How can we better share instruments and resources


The results of this session will be fed back to both the STEM Education & Training TIG and the Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building TIG, and help inform a general STEM instrument repository.



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