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Resources for Inclusive Teaching in Computer Science

The modern discipline of computer science dates from the 1950s and therefore does not have a long history like most other STEM fields. The first computer science program was started at Purdue University in 1962. In addition, computer science is not taught in most high schools. From the start it has been dominated by males both as a profession and in education. Representation of women in undergraduate programs peaked in the mid-1980s and has declined since then. Numbers for minority students are also low and seem to follow a similar pattern. The profession and computer science are aware of the problem are trying to encourage women and my minorities to enter the field. Most of the published literature that I found deals with encouraging women to enter the and creating and educational environment the supports gender equity. Much less seems to be published about encouraging minority student to enter the field and creating an environment that improves the success rate of minority students. The programs exist but they do not seem to written about that often. Research on this topic often appears in publications from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society for Engineering Education(ASEE).

To suggest additional resources, comments, or insights related to inclusive teaching in Computer Science, please contact subject librarian Tom Volkening at volkenin@msu.edu.

MSU Researcher Highlight

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Cheryan, S., Meltzoff, A. N., Kim, S. Classrooms matter: The design of virtual classrooms influences gender disparities in computer science classes. Computers and Education, v 57, n 2, p 1825-1835, September 2011.

Dickinson, Sarah, Kulturel, Sadan. Review of gender differences in learning styles: Suggestions for Information Technology education. 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS,  v 1, p 356 2009. (Request article through InterLibrary Loan)

Egan, Mary Anne L. Teaching a “women in computer science” course. ITiCSE 2007: 12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science, p 216-220, 2007.

Horwitz, Susan, Rodger, Susan H. Using peer-led team learning to increase participation and success of under-represented groups in computer science. SIGCSE'09 - Proceedings of the 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p 163-167, 2009.

Irani, Lilly. Understanding gender and confidence in CS course culture. SIGCSE Bulletin (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education), v 36, n 1, p 195-199, March 2004.

McCrickard, D. S., Fowler, C. J., Chewar, C. M. Towards a “humans-first” computer science curriculum. Proceedings of the Annual Southeast Conference, v 1, p 1363-1364, 2005, Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Association for Computing Machinery Southeast Conference, ACMSE '05.

Meeden, Lisa, et al. Using departmental surveys to assess computing culture: Quantifying gender differences in the classroom.  Proceedings of the Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiSCE), v 8, p 188-192, 2003.

Ng, Yvonne. Awakening interest and improving employability: A curriculum that improves the participation and success of women in computer science. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings, 2008.

Paloheimo, Aura, Stenman, Jenni. Gender, communication and comfort level in higher level computer science education – Case study.  Proceedings- Frontiers in Education Conference, 2006. 13 -18.

Zhao, Bo, et al. On development and design of information technology curriculum resource based on ethnic minority cultures. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCSE 2013, p 1164-1168, 2013.

Zur, Ela, et al. Contrasting women’s experiences in computer science at different institutions. Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2005, p 63-64, 2005

Salminen-Karlsson, Minna. Gender-inclusive computer engineering education: Two attempts at curriculum change. International Journal of Engineering Education, v 18, n 4 SPEC., p 430-437, 2002. (Request article through InterLibrary Loan)

Contact Info

Tom Volkening
Engineering Librarian
(517) 432-1498